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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.

Applications Open for First Cohort of Global Leaders in Disability Studies and Public Policy

Man's hands typing on a laptop keyboardWashington, DC, 17 May – Students from around the world can now apply to enter the inaugural class of Southeast Asia’s first virtual Master’s program on disability 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 collaborative effort of four founding academic institutions and two supporting partners, funded by The Nippon Foundation. The degree is taught in a blended cyberlearning environment, and focuses on the complex intersection of disability studies and public policy.

At the forefront of technological innovation, the IDPP promotes an inclusive, barrier-free, and rights-based environment in Southeast Asia by providing increased access to higher education for a traditionally underrepresented population: persons with disabilities. The program’s cyberinfrastructure cuts across geographic boundaries, allowing faculty to teach and students to be taught entirely online.

IDPP for the ASEAN Region Launched in Bangkok

IDPP Signing Ceremony group photo The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN Region will be formally established on 4 April 2011 in support of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ vision of a Socio-Cultural Community and a Southeast Asia where “its mountains, rivers and seas no longer divide us, but link us together.” “I have encouraged and supported this idea since its inception,” said Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of ASEAN. The Signing Ceremony to launch the institute will be held on 4 April 2011 at the Salaya Campus of Mahidol University in Bangkok.

The IDPP Team Starts the New Year off with a Bang!

January 2011 IDPP meeting at Mahidol University, Thailand From left to right: Ms. Yoshimi Horiuchi (IDPP Secretariat), Mr. Akiie Ninomiya, (Executive Director, APCD); Prof. Dr. Poonpit Amatyakul (Professor, Mahidol University; Founder, Ratchusada College); Prof. Dr. Banchong Mahaisavariya (Dean of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University); Prof. Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, (Associate Professor of International Relations, American University, Director, Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (COTELCO)); Prof. Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn (President, Mahidol University); Mr. Shuichi Ohno (Executive Director, The Nippon Foundation); Mr. M. Rajaratnam (Special Advisor to the Secretary General of ASEAN); Prof. Dr. Jarernsri Mitrpanont (Dean of the School of ICT, Mahidol University); Prof. Dr. Vasaka Visoottiviseth (Asst. Professor, Faculty of ICT, Mahidol University); Prof. Dr. Boonsit Yimwadsana (Asst. Dean on International Relations, School of ICT, Mahidol University).