The Institute on Disability and Public Policy at American University prepares transformative disability policy leaders and serves as a collaborative "think tank" on disability policy through an interdisciplinary American University community; the Washington, DC and New York policy communities; and an unparalleled network of multistakeholder partners, with founding support from 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
- Accessible Cyberlearning
- Accessibility, Assistive Technologies and Universal Design
An IDPP delegation will actively participate in the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) from 15-21 October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador. IDPP’s multifaceted contributions include: presenting at and facilitating accessible remote participation for the “Ecuador High Level Meeting and Forum on Disability Inclusion and Accessible Urban Development” hosted by UN DESA/DSPD on 16 October; and jointly convening the Persons with Disabilities Stakeholder Roundtable “Urbanization as a Catalyst for Disability Inclusive Development” on 19 October.
IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn and IDPP Deputy Director Dr. Filippo Trevisan are both participating and presenting at the 112th American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting held from 1-4 September, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This year’s conference explores the theme “Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time."
At the Habitat III Third Preparatory Committee Conference (PrepCom3) in Surabaya, Indonesia on 27 July 2016, persons with disabilities became the newest official major stakeholder group of Habitat III by becoming the 16th Partner Constituent Group of the General Assembly of Partners (GAP).
IDPP Program Associate Ms. Della Leonor will participate in the Third Preparatory Committee Conference for Habitat III in Surabaya, Indonesia from 25-27 July 2016 on behalf of IDPP and in support of the informal global Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development Network (DIAUD).
The book Why Govern? Rethinking Demand and Progress in Global Governance edited by Dr. Amitav Acharya, Professor at American University’s School of International Service, is due out in August 2016. IDPP Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn is a contributor to this edited volume, which examines the future of global governance.
IDPP has multifaceted active participation at this year’s 9th Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP-9) from 14-16 June at United Nations headquarters in New York – the world’s largest gathering of the global disability community. It is organizing two side events - on disability, digital societies and big data; and accessible global governance - as well as organizing official conference rapporteurs and welcoming the delegation of the USA-Indonesia Deaf Youth Leadership Cultural Exchange Program.
On 9 June 2016, IDPP welcomes the delegation of the USA-Indonesia Deaf Youth Leadership Program to American University. This Cultural Exchange and Human Rights Program is a partnership of the US Embassy in Indonesia and Dr. Mason Global. It brings together 20 deaf and hard-of-hearing young leaders from the US and Indonesia with a focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This bilateral exchange consists of 14 days in Indonesia and 14 days in the US, where IDPP is also facilitating their visit to the UN 9th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP-9).
The story "Disabled? There's (More Than One) App For That" aired on 2 June 2016 on Marketplace Business News featuring IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn; our IDPP Side Event on Disability and Digital Societies at the 9th Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP-9); and AXS Map's work on new mobile crowdsourcing apps that are pushing for accessibility
IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn has been invited by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Social Policy and Development to join both the UN Working Group on Disability and Digital Societies, as well as the UN Global Network on Monitoring and Evaluation for Disability-Inclusive Development (MEDD).