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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.

44th ASEAN Day

ASEAN member representatives join hands at 44th ASEAN Day eventThe Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) celebrated the 44th anniversary of the Bangkok Declaration on 8 August 2011.  The Bangkok Declaration, signed in 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore, is the founding agreement between ASEAN member countries.  Brunei Darussalam (1984), Vietnam (1995), Lao PDR (1997), Myanmar (1997), Cambodia (1999) have since become members.  This day marks the creation of ASEAN as a regional entity and a driving force behind regional and global initiatives for peace and prosperity.

Photos: via ASEAN Secretariat 

Representatives from ASEAN member states participated in the ceremony through televised speeches, concerts and flag raising ceremonies. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia gave a speech commemorating ASEAN Day.  For the first time in its history, ASEAN countries raised flags at their own missions at 8:30 am local time in recognition of this historic date.  

IDPP Showcases Innovative Research in Istanbul, Turkey

Several members of the IDPP team traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to attend the Internews’ first Global Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Workshop, as well as to present four research papers at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (

Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Executive Director of the IDPP; Director of COTELCO; and Associate Professor at American University’s School of International Service, delivered a keynote address entitled “Going Global, Locally: Enhancing Geographically Distributed Collaboration Through Accessible Cyberinfrastructure-Enabled Knowledge Communities" on July 12 at the Internews’ Global M&E Workshop at Boğaziçi University in Bebek, Turkey. Dr. Cogburn highlighted the increasing trend in scholarly research and practice towards virtual teams and organizations collaborating across distance using cyberinfrastructure.  He further argued, that this trend places an even higher demand on the need to ensure the accessibility of these technologies for persons with disabilities. He highlighted the IDPP as reflecting all these trends and practices as we build the cyberlearning environment to support the students and faculty participating in the IDPP. 

Master’s Program on Disability and Public Policy Increases Inclusion

World’s First Virtual Master’s Program on Disability and Public Policy Increases Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Region

Bangkok, Thailand (13 July) – The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) offers the world’s first virtual Master’s program on disability and public policy. The IDPP’s first global cohort from the ASEAN region—which has one of the world’s highest proportions of disabled people as estimated by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific—will gather for a two week residency in Bangkok, Thailand, beginning on 18 July to launch the inaugural cohort. Bangkok’s Mahidol University and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability are hosting the residency, including students who are blind or visually impaired; deaf or hard of hearing; and/or mobility impaired. During the residency, the international IDPP faculty will introduce students to ASEAN affairs, cross-cultural communication, research methods, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.