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We prepare transformative disability policy leaders and serve as a collaborative "think tank" on disability policy for the ASEAN region through an unparalleled network of 20 leading universities and 4 outreach partners, with founding and sustained support from The Nippon Foundation. We contribute to the vision of an ASEAN region that is inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based, and pioneered the world's first virtual master's degree program in disability policy, offered by American University's School of International Service.

IDPP Attends UNESCAP-Leonard Chesire Disability Conference

The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) attended the “Disability-Inclusive MDGs and Aid Effectiveness” conference, jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and Leonard Chesire Disability from 14-16 March 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The three-day conference brought together disabled people’s organizations, NGOs, United Nations agencies, and academics to discuss the ways in which disability can be included into the mainstream international development agenda. The conference focused on how disability-inclusive development contributes to the full achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Discussion, outcomes, and recommendations made during the conference were to “feed into the [Asia Pacific region’s] preparatory process towards the conclusion of the Second Asian Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons in 2012,” according to Leonard Chesire Disability International’s Web site.

IDPP Provides Virtual Access to AU Career Center Services

CIDP students participate in virtual faculty chat during residency photoThe Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) is partnering with the Career Center at American University (AU) to provide virtual access to a host of career center services, including select professional development workshops and virtual advising for students in the Master’s of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) program.

The first outcome of this enhanced linkage between the IDPP and the Career Center was virtual access to a resume and cover letter-writing workshop hosted by the AU Career Center and the School of International Service on 7 March 2012 from 1:30-2:30pm U.S. EST. While the workshop was held physically in SIS Room 300, virtual participation was open to all students, including CIDP Master’s students, who also received an accessible recording of the workshop afterward.

Vice President of Ecuador Leads Disability Panel

Mr. Lenin Moreno, Vice President of the Republic of Ecuador, led the panel discussion “Disability Rights and Public Responsibilities: The Role of Public Policy in Fostering an Inclusive Society, The Ecuadorian Experience” at the American University campus on 8 March 2012.

The event was co-organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador in the United States and the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). The Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States, Ms. Nathalie Cely, opened the panel discussion. High-level representatives from the U.S. government and civil society leaders also spoke on the panel, including Ms. Maria Veronica Reina, Executive Director of the Global Partnership for Disability and Development at The World Bank and an IDPP Advisory Board member; Ms. Charlotte Mcclain-Nhlapo, Coordinator for Disability and Inclusive Development at USAID; Mr. David Morrissey, Executive Director of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities; and Mr. Lee Perselay, Disability Counsel for Senator Tom Harkin on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Associate Professor at American University and IDPP Executive Director, moderated the discussion.