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Welcome to the IDPP

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 Regional Staff Contributes to PWD Disaster Needs Assessment

Ms. Della Leonor poses with other volunteers during needs assessment (photo)IDPP Regional Support Staff Ms. Della Leonor recently participated in a city-wide post-disaster relief needs assessment survey for persons with disabilities in Roxas City, Philippines. Organized by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), the assessment focused on identifying the immediate social, health, and housing support services needs for persons with disabilities in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. Ms. Leonor joined a team of volunteers in conducting personal interviews with more than 60 local persons with disabilities to gather primary data for a report that provided policy and implementation recommendations for government officials in the Philipines.

IDPP Embarks on 7th Networking & Partnership Mission Across ASEAN

IDPP mission delegation with University of Malaya faculty (photo)An IDPP delegation embarked on its 7th Networking and Partnership Mission across Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Myanmar from 4-20 February 2014. The missions are designed to deepen current partnerships and forge new partnerships with universities, outreach organizations, and NGOs/DPOs across ASEAN. Led by Dr. Derrick Cogburn, the delegation includes Director of Technology Mr. Clyde White, Jr.; Assistant Director of Communication Ms. Maya Aguilar; Program Coordinator Ms. Kerry Honeycutt Royce; Regional Support Staff Ms. Della Leonor; Evaluation Committee Chair Dr. Jennifer Ellis; and Senior Faculty Associate Dr. Charmaine Misalucha, as well as participation from Mr. Shuichi Ohno and Mr. Minoru Yoshida of The Nippon Foundation, for various portions of the mission.

IDPP Welcomes Former ASEAN Sec. General as Honorary Chairman

Former ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan (photo)The IDPP is delighted to welcome Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former ASEAN Secretary General, as Honorary Chairman of the IDPP Advisory Board. Dr. Pitsuwan has supported the creation, mission and work of the IDPP since 2010. As Honorary Chairman, Dr. Pitsuwan will continue to serve in significant ways toward encouraging the IDPP’s role in creating an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based ASEAN.

“The IDPP launched with the endorsement of the ASEAN Secretariat under Dr. Pitsuwan’s leadership in April 2011,” says IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn. “We are honored to have such an esteemed and prominent individual continue his invaluable partnership with us.”

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