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Welcome to the IDPP

We academically prepare transformative disability policy leaders and serve as a collaborative "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 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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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.