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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 Regional Coordinator Chairs PWD Rights Workshop in Indonesia

Mr. Joni Yulianto speaks during dialogue lead meeting (photo)Due to his extensive work in disability advocacy and policy in Indonesia, IDPP Regional Coordinator Mr. Muhammad Joni Yulianto was invited to serve as Chair of the Steering Committee of the national conference and dialogue “Realizing Rights of Persons with Disabilities” from 11–12 June 2013 at the Shangri-la Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. UN Special Rapporteur on Disability Mr. Shuaib Chalklen led the dialogue between DPOs, government ministry representatives, international NGOs, private sector representatives, and others to discuss initiatives in enhancing implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Indonesia.

IDPP Board & Faculty Member Co-Chairs Demining Symposium

IDPP Board and Faculty Member Amb. Luis Gallegos at Demining Symposium (photo)IDPP Advisory Board and faculty member Ambassador Luis Gallegos served as co-president of this week’s “Symposium on Cooperation and Assistance: Building Synergy towards Effective Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention Implementation” held in Bangkok, Thailand from 23-25 June 2013. Hosted by the governments of Thailand and Australia, the Symposium attracted more than 100 experts and diplomats representing over 35 states and 10 international and non-governmental organizations. The event’s aim was to discuss strategies to enhance cooperation and assistance between landmine-affected countries in fulfilling the demining objectives set forth by the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban (Ottawa) Convention.

CIDP Student Educates American Youths on Disability Issues

CIDP student AJ NanayakkaraCIDP Master's program student Mr. Ajantha "AJ" Nanayakkara recently gave a disability-awareness speech to the senior class of William Tennent High School in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Over 400 students and faculty were present as Mr. Nanayakkara told his story and shared life lessons about how focusing on one’s abilities helps to become more engaged in the community.

As the Executive Director of the Global Abilities Foundation (GAF), Mr. Nanayakkara routinely travels around the United States and the world educating students, healthcare professionals, and government officials about the needs and capabilities of persons with disabilities.