Institute on Disability and Public Policy

Institute on Disability and Public Policy Based at American University, we serve as a collaborative "think tank" on disability policy. Based at American University, we serve as a collaborative "think tank" on disability policy through an unparalleled network of leading universities and outreach partners, with founding support from The Nippon Foundation.

We contribute to the vision of an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based global society, and pioneered the world's first virtual master's degree program in disability policy, offered by American University's School of International Service.

Mission: The IDPP contributes to the overall vision of an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based global society, where persons with disabilities are leaders in the determination of their own destinies.

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Stills from our panel at the UN. We were honored to have it open by the Ecuador's Permanent Representative to the UN, Am...
06/10/2019

Stills from our panel at the UN. We were honored to have it open by the Ecuador's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Luis Gallegos, followed by Dr. Derrick Cogburn, Executive Director of IDPP.

Our co-sponsors included, Dr. Arlene Pietranton, CEO of American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), Emily Lucio, a member of AHEAD, Erika Trabucco from Humanity & Inclusion, Dr. Amanda Kraus, also from the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Ms. Lindsay Northup-Moore, Director of Disability Support at American University, Ms. Candace Cable, a paraolympian and Vice-President of United States International Council on Disabilities and Mr. Mohammad Loutfy, a representative at the United Nations, from Disabled Peoples International (DPI).

The United Nations meets every year to document the progress made on the Convention of Rights with Persons with Disabili...
06/08/2019
IDPP' panel on Inclusive Higher Education at the United Nations

The United Nations meets every year to document the progress made on the Convention of Rights with Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In its twelfth year, the Conference of State Parties (COSP) sees dignitaries from around the world present their progress on promises. IDPP’ focus rests on the Article 24 of the CRPD, Education. With opening remarks from Ecuador’ Permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Luis Gallegos, IDPP is holding a panel moderated by IDPP’s Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn.

http://www.idppglobal.org/events/2019/6/8/watch-idpp-panel-on-inclusive-higher-education-at-the-united-nations

The United Nations meets every year to document the progress made on the Convention of Rights with Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In the twelfth year, the Conference of State Parties sees dignitaries from around the world present their progress on their promises. IDPP’ focus rests on the Articl...

Our colleagues at the Internet Governance Lab are also hosting an International Communication Association (ICA Official ...
05/24/2019
Internet Governance and Communication Beyond Borders ICA Preconference

Our colleagues at the Internet Governance Lab are also hosting an International Communication Association (ICA Official Page) pre-conference on the technical, legal, social, and political decision-making processes regarding the Internet and Internet governance.

We are honored to be hosting and sponsoring this year’s internet governance ICA preconference: Internet Governance and Communication Beyond Borders, along with our co-sponsors ICA and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (Giganet). Our conference will explore the most pressing and excit...

IDPP is honored to host today's International Communication Association (ICA Official Page) Sports Communication and Soc...
05/24/2019

IDPP is honored to host today's International Communication Association (ICA Official Page) Sports Communication and Social Justice pre-conference. This one-day pre-conference pays attention to issues of sport, representation, power, and social justice. #ICA_Sports #ICA19

It is not often that we step into a conference to find closed captions taking over the main presentation projector. Read...
05/03/2019
On the Road to Inclusivity

It is not often that we step into a conference to find closed captions taking over the main presentation projector. Read on to find more about our learning experience at the Maryland Disability Summit.

http://www.idppglobal.org/news/2019/5/2/on-the-road-to-inclusivity

Institute of Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) was honored for the opportunity to present its research at one of DC’s most inclusive of conferences. It is not often that we step into a conference to find closed captions taking over the main presentation projector. We want to share some of the le...

IDPP is honored to have served as a co-sponsor of this year's Disability, Access, & Teaching symposium. IDPP Executive D...
04/16/2019
All About Access: Disability Event Expands Critical Conversations

IDPP is honored to have served as a co-sponsor of this year's Disability, Access, & Teaching symposium. IDPP Executive Director Dr. Filippo Trevisan and Research Associate Madelaine Reis both spoke at the symposium. Marissa Zuckerman, also an IDPP Research Associate, served as an event organizer.

Pictured: Woman signing and Lydia X. Z. Brown - Autistic Hoya speaking into a handheld microphone during their keynote address.

The one-day Disability Symposium brought together students, staff, and faculty.

Participate virtually for Dr. Hala Annabi's Talk at https://tinyurl.com/y2q4dhor
04/16/2019
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Participate virtually for Dr. Hala Annabi's Talk at https://tinyurl.com/y2q4dhor

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We are so proud of Madelaine Reis, one of our research associates and a M.A. Political Communication student at AU Schoo...
04/10/2019

We are so proud of Madelaine Reis, one of our research associates and a M.A. Political Communication student at AU School of Public Affairs.

Her opening workshop at Disability, Access, & Teaching, covered Disability 101 including theories, terminology, and identities.

IDPP is honored to participate in today's University of Maryland Disability Summit. On our second year at UMD, IDPP Exec...
04/05/2019

IDPP is honored to participate in today's University of Maryland Disability Summit.

On our second year at UMD, IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn spoke about IDPP's research on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR), including research findings on web-conferencing tools and mobile teleprescence robots, "Beyond Being There - For All of Us".

We were delighted to meet the keynote speaker Dr. Jonathan Lazar (Maryland's iSchool) who is also an editor on IDPP's forthcoming book on technology and disability.

Questions about the recent attempt to defund the Special Olympics? An article by IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cog...
04/03/2019
The Trump administration’s attempts to defund the Special Olympics, explained

Questions about the recent attempt to defund the Special Olympics? An article by IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn has the answers in The Raw Story and The Conversation US:

The federal government has long covered about a tenth of the Special Olympics’ budget. This nonprofit that gives athletes with intellectual disabilities a chance to train and compete in a wide variety of sports gets most of the rest of its funding from charitable donations from foundations, corpor...

Last week, IDPP staff and students in the M.S. Analytics  Kogod School of Business (American University) students took p...
03/28/2019

Last week, IDPP staff and students in the M.S. Analytics Kogod School of Business (American University) students took part in an exciting site visit to PAHO-WHO's headquarters.

The visit featured presentations by leading data analytics and governance experts from PAHO, Special Olympics, and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Students also experienced what data analysis during a disaster is like through a hands-on simulation.

Read more: http://www.idppglobal.org/news/2019/paho-visit-march-19

Meet Ruby Holmes, Technical Advisor on Inclusive Governance at HI and an IDPP/School of International Service, AU alumnu...
03/25/2019

Meet Ruby Holmes, Technical Advisor on Inclusive Governance at HI and an IDPP/School of International Service, AU alumnus!

Ruby is passionate about her work in supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in post-conflict mediation and peace building. Read the full Q and A with Ruby here: http://www.idppglobal.org/news/2019/3/18/alumnus-spotlight-ruby-holmes

"For a sustainable and shared future, it is important to have all voices heard and IDPP gave me the opportunity to do ju...
03/25/2019
IDPP Student Spotlight: Harshala Chandraiah

"For a sustainable and shared future, it is important to have all voices heard and IDPP gave me the opportunity to do just that."

Meet Harshala Chandraiah, our next student spotlight! Harshala is an IDPP Research Associate and is pursuing her Master's of Public Policy at American University School Of Public Affairs. Her passions for public policy research led her to join IDPP as a Research Associate.

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“For a sustainable and shared future, it is important to have all voices heard and IDPP gave me the opportunity to do just that.” Harshala Chandraiah’s passion for public policy research led her to join IDPP as a Research Associate.

IDPP staff and students will be leading the opening and closing events at the Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies ...
03/22/2019
IDPP Partnering With CRGC to Host Disability, Access, and Teaching Symposium

IDPP staff and students will be leading the opening and closing events at the Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies Collaborative's upcoming Disability, Access, & Teaching symposium.

IDPP is proud to partner with the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative (CRGC) to host “ Disability, Access, & Teaching: A One-Day Symposium ” on April 10, 2019. The symposium will seek to foster dialogue around these questions to promote accessible and inclusive learnin

We're loving today's Google Doodle in honor of inventor Seiichi Miyake! Miyake's "Tenji blocks" help visually impaired p...
03/18/2019
Today's Google Doodle Was Under Your Feet This Whole Time

We're loving today's Google Doodle in honor of inventor Seiichi Miyake! Miyake's "Tenji blocks" help visually impaired people navigate streets and transit safely.

Image description: Yellow tenji blocks and the feet of a person using a guide cane.

You might have missed this ingenious invention right beneath your nose

10 MINUTES AWAY: Day two of the Symposium on Disability Rights begins! Watch today's livestream: https://www.facebook.co...
02/22/2019

10 MINUTES AWAY: Day two of the Symposium on Disability Rights begins! Watch today's livestream: https://www.facebook.com/UABIHR/ #DisabilityRightsBHM

02/21/2019
UAB Institute for Human Rights

Great first day so far at the Symposium on Disability Rights! #DisabilityRightsBHM

Join us for Dr. Victor Pineda's keynote speech today at the Symposium on Disability Rights. Dr. Pineda is the founder of the Pineda Foundation and World Enabled.

Meet Marissa Zuckerman, our next IDPP student spotlight! Marissa is a graduate student at American University School of ...
02/19/2019

Meet Marissa Zuckerman, our next IDPP student spotlight! Marissa is a graduate student at American University School of Communication and a research assistant for IDPP Deputy Director Dr. Filippo Trevisan.

Through volunteer experiences at the The Arc of Essex County and Chemung County Habitat For Humanity, Marissa developed a life-changing passion for supporting marginalized communities. She is passionate about using her communication skills for social good.

Read more: http://www.idppglobal.org/news/2019/2/16/idpp-student-spotlight-marissa-zuckerman

IDPP is proud to be co-sponsoring and livestreaming this week's Symposium on Disability Rights. Be sure to watch along a...
02/18/2019
Disability Rights are Human Rights: IDPP Co-Sponsoring Symposium on Disability Rights

IDPP is proud to be co-sponsoring and livestreaming this week's Symposium on Disability Rights. Be sure to watch along and tag #DisabilityRightsBHM!

The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) is proudly co-sponsoring and participating in the upcoming 2019 Symposium on Disability Rights , hosted by the Institute for Human Rights at the University of Alabama at Birmingham .

In addition to enjoying Australia's sunny and warm weather, IDPP Deputy Director Dr. Filippo Trevisan will be participat...
02/10/2019
Dr. Filippo Trevisan to Present on Storytelling and Advocacy in Australia and the U.S.

In addition to enjoying Australia's sunny and warm weather, IDPP Deputy Director Dr. Filippo Trevisan will be participating in a talk on #storytelling and grassroots #advocacy in Australia and the United States.

The talk is being hosted by the The University of Melbourne on February 13.

Dr. Filippo Trevisan, Deputy Director of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP), will be participating in a talk on a new paper analyzing the use of storytelling in grassroots advocacy in Australia and the U.S.

In Sydney, Australia? Join Dr. Filippo Trevisan for his upcoming talk on storytelling, technology, and disability rights...
02/06/2019

In Sydney, Australia? Join Dr. Filippo Trevisan for his upcoming talk on storytelling, technology, and disability rights advocacy at the UTS: University of Technology Sydney's Graduate School of Health! Feb. 7, 11am-noon AEDT.

Happy #SaferInternetDay! Through our work on accessible cyber learning and assistive technologies, we're proud to do our...
02/05/2019

Happy #SaferInternetDay! Through our work on accessible cyber learning and assistive technologies, we're proud to do our part to make the #Internet accessible and safe for persons with #disabilities. http://www.idppglobal.org/research/

IDPP is already off to a busy start in the new year! Don't miss any of the action: read the latest edition of our Access...
02/05/2019
January 2019 at IDPP

IDPP is already off to a busy start in the new year! Don't miss any of the action: read the latest edition of our Access e-newsletter and subscribe today!

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) has launched their first-ever UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development.

It was an honor for IDPP to participate in American University's #AU4U initiative for furloughed government workers. Dr....
01/24/2019

It was an honor for IDPP to participate in American University's #AU4U initiative for furloughed government workers. Dr. Derrick Cogburn presented on the use of webconferencing and mobile remote presence devices for accessible global governance. Learn more about AU4U: https://www.american.edu/spexs/au4u.cfm

Greetings from Hawaii! This week, IDPP's Dr. Derrick Cogburn and Dr. Filippo Trevisan have been actively participating i...
01/10/2019
Technology, Data Analytics, and Inclusion: IDPP and AU Participate in HICSS-52

Greetings from Hawaii! This week, IDPP's Dr. Derrick Cogburn and Dr. Filippo Trevisan have been actively participating in HICSS.

Tomorrow, Dr. Cogburn and Dr. Trevisan will be leading the conference's minitrack on digital culture, identity, and inclusion.

Dr. Cogburn and Dr. Trevisan will be leading a variety of tutorials, minitrack sessions and paper presentations at the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-52).

Photos from the second day of HICSS 2019! IDPP's Dr. Derrick Cogburn led a minitrack on virtual teams, organizations, an...
01/09/2019

Photos from the second day of HICSS 2019! IDPP's Dr. Derrick Cogburn led a minitrack on virtual teams, organizations, and networks with IDPP advisory board member Alberto Espinosa.

This Friday, Dr. Cogburn and Dr. Filippo Trevisan will be leading a minitrack on digital culture, technology and inclusion. http://hicss.hawaii.edu/

Happy new year! This week, IDPP leadership and many of our faculty colleagues are at the 52nd HICSS Conference. Today, D...
01/09/2019
HICSS – HAWAII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SYSTEM SCIENCES

Happy new year! This week, IDPP leadership and many of our faculty colleagues are at the 52nd HICSS Conference. Today, Dr. Cogburn led a Tutorial on Text Mining in Big Data Analytics alongside Dr. Normand Peladeau of Provalis Research and Dr. Michael Hine of Carleton College. Dr. Cogburn also spoke to the inaugural HICSS Doctoral Consortium on work/life balance. We are excited for our remaining contributions this week, including our Minitrack on Virtual Teams, Organizations, and Networks; Minitrack on Digital Culture, Technology and Inclusion; and Minitrack on Text Mining and Data Analytics. Stay tuned for more!

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The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) at American University is a multidisciplinary, cross-campus research center that creates and disseminates knowledge that enables all persons to participate effectively in local, national, and global governance.

Since 2009, IDPP has been creating groundbreaking, innovative pathways to accessible learning. It built the world's first virtual graduate institute on disability and public policy through the vision and support of The Nippon Foundation.

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