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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.

The World Report on Disability

The World Report on Disability, jointly prepared by the World Health Organization and the World Bank, was released in June of 2011.  This report provides a comprehensive overview of nature of disability at the international level.  It highlights the extent of disabilities worldwide, barriers that persons with disabilities (PWDS) face in their daily lives, and possible solutions to these pervasive barriers.  PWDs continue to face obstacles in healthcare, education, and employment.  Governments, members of civil society, the private sector, and academia should continue to work to promote inclusive development and to ensure that all individuals have equal opportunities to capitalize on their own abilities. 

IDPP Prepares for Two-Week Residency for Incoming Master’s Candidates

Mahidol University, entrance signWhile the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN region is based on virtual cyberlearning principles, it looks forward to the upcoming two week residency in Thailand. The residency period will introduce the first cohort of participants in the Master’s of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP). The residency will be held at Mahidol University in Bangkok from July 18-29, and will mark the official start of the CIDP program. 

The residency is designed as an opportunity for students enrolled in the program to meet face-to-face with faculty and peers, with whom they will be working virtually throughout the duration of the Master’s program. 

TNF, NTID and COTELCO Meet to Discuss IDPP Governance

Ms. Consuelo Nelson, Ms. Erica Seng, Dr. James DeCaro, Mr. Shuichi Ohno, and Dr. Derrick Cogburn seated at table On May 17, Mr. Shuichi Ohno, the Executive Director of the Nippon Foundation (TNF), and Dr. James DeCaro, from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology, came to Washington, DC work on issues related to the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN Region. Both TNF and NTID played integral roles in the formation and development of IDPP; and supporting the IDPP’s inaugural Master’s program in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP).