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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 Fellow Joins 'Global Challenge of Youth with Disabilities' Program

IDPP Fellow Ms. Hieu Luu at International Seminar for Disability and Development in KoreaIDPP Fellow Ms. Hieu Luu was selected as one of 10 participants from the Asia Pacific region to attend and present at the International Study Program “Global Challenge of Youth with Disabilities” in July 2015 in South Korea, hosted by the Korean Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities. The program's 11th year was celebrated with two special events: ‘International Seminar for Disability and Development in the Asia-Pacific Region at the Korean National Assembly’ and a ‘Conference of Youth with Disabilities,’ both at which Ms. Luu spoke on her personal story, the current situation of accessibility to public transportation in Vietnam, and recommendations for potential future development of Vietnam and South Korea.

Fifth IDPP Annual Meeting Co-Hosted by UM and MMU

2015 IDPP Annual Meeting Group PhotoIDPP held its Fifth Annual Meeting (#idpp2015) co-hosted by University of Malaya and Multimedia University in Cyberjaya, Malaysia from 1-15 August 2015. This year’s event brought together high-level leaders from across ASEAN and around the world in disability rights, public policy, international development, ASEAN affairs, technology and education from IDPP’s partnership network of 20 universities and four outreach organizations; faculty; current and incoming IDPP Fellows; alumni; and staff. This year’s meeting featured the participation of Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, IDPP honorary chairman and former secretary general of ASEAN; Mr. Takeju Ogata, president of The Nippon Foundation; Ms. Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, disability advisory at The World Bank; and a number of subject matter experts.

IDPP Participates in Historic UNESCO and UN Disability Workshops

Dr. Derrick Cogburn speaks during COSP 8 photoIDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn will participate in the International Expert Meeting on the Establishment of a Global Category II Centre of Excellence for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from 29-30 June at the invitation of Mr. Indrajit Banerjee, Director of Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector at UNESCO. This opportunity is one of a series of concrete outcomes that have resulted from Dr. Cogburn’s keynote presentation on IDPP’s Accessible Global Governance study at the Eighth Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP) on 9 June at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, New York.