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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.

Indonesia Ratifies UN Convention on Rights of PWDs

On 18 October 2011 at 11:45am Jakarta time, the Government of Indonesia and its National Parliament ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The ratification signifies a landmark step forward to improving the welfare and human rights of persons with disabilities. Indonesia signed the CRPD on 30 March 2007, the ninth country of 153 signatories to the Convention thus far, according to the United Nations Enable Web site. Indonesia is now the 107th country to ratify the CRPD.

COTELCO Presents IDPP Project at ISA-South

COTELCO/IDPP delegation at ISA-South conferenceA delegation from COTELCO/the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) presented at the International Studies Association’s South Region Conference on 15 October 2011 at Elon University in North Carolina. The panel discussion was entitled Strength in Numbers: Exploring the Potential of Cyberlearning to Facilitate Distributed Human Capacity Development in Disability and Public Policy in the ASEAN Region. The presentation offered a comprehensive overview of the IDPP, and examined in detail key facets of the project. Panelists consisted of COTELCO/IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn; the IDPP Program Director; IDPP Program Coordinator Erica Seng; and IDPP Communications Associate Maya Aguilar. COTELCO Research Associate and Elon University alumna Alexia Clincy participated in the conference and supported the panel as well.

Photo Caption: COTELCO/IDPP delegation at ISA-South conference

CIDP Master's Application Opens for 2012 Admission

Washington, DC, 7 October – Students from around the world can now apply to become part of a global cohort pursuing the world’s first virtual Master’s degree in disability studies and public policy. The Master’s of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP), offered by the School of International Service at American University, is the centerpiece program of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN Region. The IDPP is a partnership network among nine academic institutions and two outreach partners, funded by The Nippon Foundation. The degree is taught in a blended cyberlearning environment, and focuses onthe analysis and understanding of public policy for persons with disabilities (PWDs).