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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 an accredited master’s degree in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP).

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.

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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).

IDPP/COTELCO Participates in & Offers Remote Participation for TLC

apsa logo (photo)The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) and COTELCO, participated in the American Political Science Association’s 10th Conference on Teaching and Learning (#TLC13) held 8-10 February 2013 in Long Beach, California. The annual conference attracts leading researchers and professors in the political science field, and provides a unique setting in which attendees can share best practices, present cutting-edge techniques and methodologies, and discuss innovative learning models for use in the political science classroom.

This is the fourth consecutive year that COTELCO offered virtual participation for this prestigious event. During the conference, IDPP/COTELCO Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn moderated the Integrating Technology in the Classroom mini-track, which he has moderated since 2010. The three-day mini-track explored an array of subjects, including the use of social media in the political science classroom and the use of wireless internet technology to enhance in-classroom learning.

ASEAN Welcomes New Secretary General

Former and New ASEAN Secretary General at Transfer of Office Ceremony (photo)On 9 January 2013, former Deputy Foreign Minister of Vietnam, H.E. Le Luong Minh, officially assumed his role as Secretary General of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the Ceremony for the Transfer of Office at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. In accepting this position, Mr. Minh became the first Vietnamese Secretary General in ASEAN’s history. His five-year tenure will last from January 2013 through December 2017.

Photo credit: ASEAN Web site