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IDPP panel on Inclusive Higher Education at the United Nations


Panel Discussion: Using Accessible and Assistive Technologies to Implement Article 24: Supporting Students with Disabilities for Inclusive Higher Education

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. Institute on Disability and Public Policy, as custom is a participant on the four-day event. Presenting a panel, IDPP’ focus rests on the Article 24 of the CRPD, Education. With opening remarks from Ecuador’ Permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Luis Gallegos, the panel will be led by IDPP’s Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn.

Sponsor: Institute on Disability and Public Policy

Venue: United Nations headquarters, New York

Co-sponsors: Republic of Ecuador, American Speech-Hearing-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Disabled Peoples International, Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Humanity & Inclusion, University of Alabama, Birmingham, and the United States International Council on Disability (USCID).


  1. Welcome and Context

    Amb. Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative of the Government of Ecuador to the United Nations.

  2. Review of IDPP Online Master of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy

    Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Executive Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP); Professor, Kogod School of Business and School of International Service, American University

  3. Establishing the Global University Disability and Inclusion Network (GUDIN)

    Dr. Amanda Kraus, Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

    Erika Trabucco, Humanity & Inclusion

  4. University-Based Centers to Support Students with Disabilities

    Lindsay Northup-Moore, Director, Disability Support Services, Academic Support and Access Center, American University

  5. Strategies and Resources to Support Students with a Speech, Language, or Hearing Disability

    Dr. Arlene A. Pietranton, Chief Executive Officer, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

  6. Experience with Higher Education and Challenges of Digital Accessibility

    Mohammad Ali Loutfy, Representative at the United Nations, Disabled Peoples International (DPI)

  7. Importance of Assistive Technology in the Transition to and from Higher Education to Provide Independence in Learning

    Emily P. Lucio, AHEAD member, formally with Johns Hopkins University

  8. Beyond Compliance, Understanding Disability and Why Cohesive Inclusion Matters

    Ms. Candace Cable, Vice President of United States International Council on Disability (USCID), Global Inclusion Consultant, Nine-Time Paralympian.

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Earlier Event: May 15
UNDRR Global Platform 2019