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Welcome to the IDPP

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.

Virtual Meeting Honored International Day of Persons with Disabilities

BBI and IDPP teams gathered around conference table






The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) at American University and the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University held a virtual lunch commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 2 December 2011.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a United Nations sanctioned day that promotes an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights, and well-being. The day, officially 3 December, seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disabilities by encompassing every part of political, social, economical, and cultural life.

IDPP Attends Meetings at National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Meeting between IDPP, NTID, and The Nippon FoundationA team from the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) attended a series of meetings at the National Technologic Institute for the Deaf (NTID) located at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY on 1 December 2011.

Topics discussed between IDPP and NTID included an overview of NTID support services; pedagogy, instructional design and online learning; remote tutoring; RIT support services for deaf students in online courses; and class act resources for online and blended instruction.

AU Freshman Introduced to IDPP and CIDP Virtual Classroom

Dr. Cogburn discusses IDPP with AU SIS Gateway studentsFreshmen from the American University School of International Service’s Gateway Mentorship Program attended a presentation by Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, IDPP and COTELCO Executive Director, on the IDPP project and the COTELCO Center on 9 November 2011. As a Gateway mentor, Dr. Cogburn helped welcome the freshmen to AU and SIS, and gave them an opportunity to get to know a faculty member outside of the classroom. Students had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Cogburn about his life, hobbies, background, travels, and asked questions about the IDPP, which is led by COTELCO. They asked numerous questions about the Master’s of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy program; and the cyberinfrastructure technology that brings together students who are blind or visually impaired; deaf or hard of hearing; and/or mobility impaired from the ASEAN region to learn in the same virtual classroom.