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The Institute on Disability and Public Policy promotes the analysis and understanding of public policies for persons with disabilities. We contribute to the vision of an ASEAN region that is inclusive, barrier-free, and rights-based, where persons with disabilities are leaders in the determination of their own destinies. We pioneered the world's first virtual master's degree program in disabiity policy: the master of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP) at American University's School of International Service.

IDPP and COTELCO Return to CSUN 2013

Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (photo)IDPP/COTELCO Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn and IDPP/COTELCO Faculty Associate and IDPP Evaluation Committee Co-Chair Dr. Jennifer Ellis jointly presented Accessible Cyberlearning in Practice at the 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (#CSUN13) on 27 February at 3:10pm (U.S. Pacific Time). The presentation was delivered in-person by Dr. Ellis, who attended the conference in San Diego, California, and remotely by Dr. Cogburn, who participated in the session from Myanmar. The presentation was open to the public and broadcasted live via Blackboard Collaborate™, which can be viewed using a screen reader; closed-captioning was provided.

IDPP February Networking and Partnership Mission

IDPP Accessibility Committee and Mahidol University leadership meeting (photo)The IDPP for the ASEAN Region is conducting its fourth Networking and Partnership Mission of the past year - this time throughout Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Myanmar from 14 February - 1 March 2013 - to deepen and expand relationships with existing and prospective partners and constituents.

Photo Caption: IDPP Accessibility Committee meets with Mahidol University (MU) leadership on the MU campus near Bangkok, Thailand.

UN CRPD Champion Sen. John Kerry Appointed U.S. Secretary of State

Sec State Kerry, Sen. Kohn McCain pose in photo (photo)The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) congratulates former Senator John Kerry (D–Massachusetts) as he begins his tenure as Secretary of State of the United States. Kerry was sworn in as Secretary of State on 1 February 2013 at 4pm EST.

Photo Credit: Blog

A firm advocate of persons with disabilities (PWDs), Secretary Kerry has spent his career fighting for the rights of PWDs in the United States and internationally. In December 2012, Secretary Kerry led a bi-partisan group of Senators in an effort to advocate for members of the U.S. Senate and Congress’ votes for the ratification of the United Nations Convention of the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).