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 offer an accredited Master’s Degree in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP).
IDPP offers the world's first virtual Master's degree in disability policy. Courses incorporate universal design principles, and are accessible to blind, deaf, and mobility impaired students.
Students have the option of completing the CIDP program as an accelerated one year or extended part-time program. Courses can be experienced in real-time or accessed on-demand.
Students and faculty can participate
from anywhere in the world with an acceptable internet connection. Our cyberinfrastructure facilitates course delivery and collaboration.
IDPP faculty member and Evaluation Committee Co-Chair Dr. Jennifer Ellis is invited to speak at Cengage Learning’s 18th Annual Course Technology Conference from 13–15 March 2013 in San Diego, California. Dr. Ellis will co-present with Ms. Michele Clements, Assistant Professor in the School of Applied and Information Technology at the Community College of Baltimore County. Their presentation, “Increase Accessibility in Your Online Courses,” will explore how to make a cyberlearning environment accessible to all users.
Using Blackboard Learn and Collaborate as the model cyberlearning infrastructures, the session will discuss how to make synchronous and asynchronous content accessible, and offer the session’s participants the opportunity to share what steps they have taken toward making their virtual classrooms accessible.
The presentation, “Ennobling and Enabling: Walking the Talk of Disability Technology, Policy and Education,” was presented in coordination with Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson, Dean of AU’s School of Education, Teaching and Health; and Dr. Laura DeNardis, Associate Professor at AU’s School of Communication.
IDPP/COTELCO Executive Director and American University (AU) Associate Professor Dr. Derrick Cogburn; Dean of AU School of Professional and Extended Studies Dr. Carola Weil; and Assistant Professor and Director of the AU ASEAN Studies Center Dr. Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn took part in a delegation of 10 U.S. universities traveling to Myanmar from 24 February – 1 March 2013 to learn more about the current state of higher education in Myanmar and explore potential partnership opportunities.
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.