IDPP Launches Beta Version of World’s First CRPD Mobile App

The IDPP at American University has launched today the beta version of “CRPD”, the world’s first mobile application on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This innovation, currently available for iOS devices, supports disability advocacy and accessible participation in global governance processes by providing ready access to the structure, contents, States Parties, and knowledge dissemination around the Convention – the first human rights treaty of the 21st century and the fastest-growing treaty in history.

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The launch of the app's beta version is taking place this week at the International Conference on Assistive Technologies and Persons with Disabilities hosted annually by California State University–Northridge in San Diego, California. IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn is also presenting the IDPP research paper “ICTs to Support Persons with Disabilities in Global Policy Development” at this renowned conference on Friday, March 3, 2017.

The CRPD mobile app commemorates the 10th anniversary of the historic human rights treaty with the purposes of knowledge dissemination, awareness raising, research, advocacy and implementation. The app in its current beta version features information about the structure of the CRPD; a listing of CRPD articles; as well as indices of countries that have signed and/or ratified the Convention and Optional Protocol, as well as those that have not yet signed the Convention.

The app is the first of several innovations toward a comprehensive iOS mobile “CRPD Advocacy Toolkit” developed by IDPP, which aims to help advance the goal of universal ratification and implementation by States Parties.

The mobile app is a project of IDPP at American University in collaboration with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities / Division for Social Policy and Development / United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA/DSPD/SCRPD) and The Nippon Foundation.

Iterative user testing is being performed to ensure that the mobile app is as accessible as possible.

To request access to the beta version of “CRPD”, visit