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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).

IDPP Alumna Selected as Regional Rep. for Global TB Coalition

Ms. Eloisa Zepeda at Inaugural CIDP Convocation Ceremony (photo) SIS CIDP master's program alumna Ms. Eloisa “Louie” Zepeda has been named regional representative for the Western Pacific Region of the Global Coalition of Tuberculosis Activists (GCTA). Ms. Zepeda has been selected because of her extensive work with Tuberculosis (TB) and Meningitis patient networks in the Philippines.

In her role as regional representative, Ms. Zepeda sits on GCTA’s Global Steering Committee, a group made up of a Chair, Vice Chair and six regional representatives charged with providing strategic direction to the Coalition. Ms. Zepeda traveled to Paris, France for the GCTA Global Steering Committee’s first meeting on 26 October 2013, where the committee set priorities for the GCTA. Formed in March 2013, the GCTA is an international coalition of representatives of communities affected by TB that brings together advocates, activists and leaders from diverse backgrounds and regions to ensure that affected communities are at the center of the fight against TB.

IDPP Staff Participates in Philippines' National Forum on Disability

Della Leonor photoIDPP regional staff member Ms. Della Leonor participated in a national disability rights advocacy forum entitled “National Forum 2013: 10 Goals to Make the Right Real” held between 23-26 October 2013 in Manila, Philippines. Hosted by Alyansa ng may Kapansanan-Pinoy (AKAP-Pinoy) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Philippines (DSWD) and the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), the Forum focused on the 10 Goals of the Incheon Strategy, which is the framework of action of the Third Asia and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2013-2022).

Ms. Leonor joined numerous participants from Filipino government agencies, disabled peoples' organizations and civil society organizations for the three-day long event.

IDPP Welcomes GASS / VASS Delegation Visit from Vietnam

GASS/VASS delegation visit (group photo)The IDPP hosted a meeting on 26 September 2013 with a delegation from university partner Graduate Academy of Social Sciences / Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (GASS/VASS) in the COTELCO: The Collaboration Laboratory Center on American University's School of International Service (AU SIS) campus. The five-member delegation was led by Professor Vo Khanh Vinh, Vice President of VASS and Director General of GASS, and included several other key members of the GASS/VASS administration. The delegation met with IDPP/COTELCO Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn and Assistant Director of Communication Ms. Maya Aguilar.