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
“The most rewarding part of my work is that I am contributing to supporting the disability community. As someone with a learning disability, I understand first-hand the struggles it takes to making sure you have the accommodations and accessibility you need.”
The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) collaborated with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) at their INGRID-H launch event on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Since 1992, the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 3 has been annually observed around the world. IDPD 2018 focused on empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality. The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) has made a variety of major contributions that were launch or announced during this year’s celebration.
Please join IDPP on December 5 for a capstone seminar which will explore the background, strategies and mechanisms for achieving and evaluating the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
A study by American University’s Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP), with support from The Nippon Foundation, is the first systematic attempt to examine accessibility barriers in global governance.
Emilie Turner is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She is a first year graduate student in the School of International Service at American University, studying Global Governance, Politics, and Security