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Virtual Meeting Honored International Day of Persons with Disabilities

BBI and IDPP teams gathered around conference table






The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) at American University and the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University held a virtual lunch commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 2 December 2011.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a United Nations sanctioned day that promotes an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights, and well-being. The day, officially 3 December, seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disabilities by encompassing every part of political, social, economical, and cultural life.

The theme for 2011 is “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development.”

The session was a free virtual event with keynote speaker, Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Chairman of the Global UN Partnership for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies and President of the International Rehabilitation Foundation. In addition, Dr. Derrick Cogburn, COTELCO Executive Director, also presented. The audience attended physically in Syracuse, NY and virtually for those attending around the world.