The Institute on Disability and Public Policy 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 through the use of accessible information and communication technologies. IDPP leads the AU 2030 Strategic Initiative on Global Disability and Development, and helps to facilitate collaborative research, teaching and outreach programs through its partnerships.
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.
Our Core Focus Areas:
Global, Regional and National Disability Policy
Inclusive Sustainable Development
Accessible Global Governance
Inclusive Cities and Urban Development
Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction
Information and Communication Technologies for Development
Accessibility, Assistive Technologies and Universal Design
On April 8, 2019, the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP), alongside American University and more than 100 disability advocates and higher education institutions from 40 countries, signed onto a historic global compact on persons with disabilities in higher education.
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 lessons learned through our experience besides the highlights of our own participation.
First of its kind, Special Smiles is a comprehensive data-set on the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities.
"The entire site visit was incredible,” said IDPP Research Associate Nathan Banks. “I’m fascinated by the internal processes organizations like PAHO use. I’m so grateful to have been able to see what this line of work is like firsthand.”
IDPP Executive Dr. Derrick Cogburn will be presenting on IDPP’s contributions to disaster risk reduction related to persons with disabilities at the 3rd Biennial University of Maryland (UMD) Disability Summit (April 5, 2019).