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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.

IDPP Alumnus uses Architecture for Advocacy, Empowerment

IDPP Alumnus Don de Vera poses with a team from IDPP partner APCD (photo)IDPP alumnus Mr. Don de Vera is making his voice heard as one of Manila’s leading experts in accessible building design and architecture. As a professor of architecture and design at the Mapua Institute of Technology – Laguna, his alma mater in the Philippines, Mr. de Vera incorporates his expertise in architecture with his passion for disability rights. He also serves as a member of the Committee on Accessibility of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), a role that has allowed him to lead participatory trainings and seminars on creating barrier-free environments at universities and private and public sector organizations in the metropolitan Manila area.

IDPP's Significant Participation at 2015 ISA Annual Convention

International Studies Association logoLed by Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, the IDPP will have a delegation of experts and researchers presenting and participating in the International Studies Association (ISA) 2015 Annual Convention held from 18-21 February in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The team, composed of IDPP faculty, staff, researchers, and institutional partners, will engage in a number of activities throughout the conference, most notably, the Presidential Theme Panel, “The Global ‘Grand Challenge’ of Disability and Development: Comparative Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in ASEAN” on Friday, 20 February from 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM US Central Time.

IDPP Program Associate Receives Award for Local Anti-Poverty Work

IDPP Program Associate Ms. Della Leonor poses with conference participants (photo)IDPP Program Associate Ms. Della Leonor was named Ms. Provincial Focal Person 2015 during the Awards Ceremony at the conclusion of the National Anti Poverty Commission (NAPC) Provincial Focal Person (PFP) Summing Up Conference held from 1-4 February 2015 in Casa Pilar, Boracay Island, Philippines.

According to Director Jesusa Jecy Rebete, “The goal of the conference (was) to acknowledge the people working hard to expand participation of the basic sectors at the municipal level: the change agents for accountability, transparency and good Governance.” Ms. Leonor was recognized for her numerous current and past contributions to the NAPC’s efforts to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion in her region and across the Philippines.