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We academically prepare transformative disability policy leaders and serve as a collaborate "think tank" on disability policy for the ASEAN region through an unparalleled network of 19 leading universities and 4 outreach partners, with long-term 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 disabiity policy, offered by American University's School of International Service.

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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IDPP Faculty Co-Lead Global Virtual Teams Workshop at HICSS-47

HICSS Global Virtual Teams Workshop (photo)IDPP/COTELCO hosted participants from around the world to virtually join Dr. Derrick Cogburn and colleagues for the workshop “Cross Cultural Communication in Accessible Global Virtual Teams” from 9:00am-4:00pm US Hawai’i time (2:00pm-9:00pm US EST) on 6 January, the first day of the 47th Annual Hawai’i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-47) held from 6-9 January 2014. COTELCO provided accessible virtual participation, including closed captions, to the public.

IDPP and COTELCO’s Multi-Faceted Participation at HICSS-47

HICSS-47 conference (logo)IDPP and COTELCO were pleased to begin the new year by participating in the 47th Annual Hawai’i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-47) from 6-9 January 2014 in Big Island, Hawai’i. IDPP/COTELCO Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn; Senior Faculty Associate Dr. Nanette Levinson; Faculty Associates and IDPP Evaluation Committee Chair and Vice Chair Drs. Jennifer Ellis and Marilyn Arnone; and American University Psychology Professor Dr. Noemi Enchautegui-de-Jesus  participated in what is now one of the most prestigious and the longest-running international information systems conferences in the world.