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.
American University (AU) and Special Olympics have announced a new collaboration that will include research and educational initiatives focused on persons with intellectual disabilities, and that will provide substantial outreach opportunities for students and faculty. This unique collaboration coincides with the 50th anniversary year of Special Olympics and the unveiling of AU’s new strategic initiative on global disability and development, led by its Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). AU will host a signing ceremony to commemorate its partnership with Special Olympics and to inaugurate the new initiative on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Palmer Kettler Lounge in the AU Sports Center. AU President Burwell, Special Olympics Chairman Shriver and Special Olympics D.C. athlete Novie Craven will commemorate the new agreement between the two institutions.
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.