IDPP faculty teach a range of courses around disability and development, human rights, global governance, inclusive education and more. As one example, during the fall semester of Academic Year 2017-2018, IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn is teaching the undergraduate capstone seminar course "Towards Inclusive Sustainable Development in the Year 2030." Below is a link to Dr. Cogburn's course blog, which features posts and articles written by his students.

In addition to its faculty teaching multidisciplinary courses at all levels, IDPP conducts a series of capacity building activities, including seminar series and training workshops, aimed at enhancing knowledge around global, regional and national disability policies, inclusive sustainable development, accessible global governance, accessible cyberlearning, and more.

IDPP Seminar Series on Global Disability and Development


Tuesdays, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mary Graydon Center, Room 331
American University

In line with the AU 2030: Global Disability Policy, Technology and Education initiative, our seminar series aims to help create an interdisciplinary, cross-campus community at American University that can facilitate collaboration around mutual research interests at the intersection of disability, development, and global governance.

The Seminar Series brings together faculty, students and staff across campus and the Washington, DC policy community, as well as researchers and practitioners around the world via in-person and remote virtual participation. The series serves as a consistent “hub” to facilitate collaborative research. Participants have the opportunity to actively engage in the discussion and put forward their ideas for collaboration, with a facilitator to guide each discussion and kick-start the conversation by sharing his/her research agenda.

Tentative Series Schedule

Using Computational Text Mining to Assess the Impact of Disability-Inclusive Indicators in the SDGs
Dr. Derrick Cogburn, School of International Service, AU; IDPP (10:00-11:30am)

Disabled Voters in the 2016 Online Election: Wired Citizens or Digital Outcasts
Dr. Filippo Trevisan, School of Communication, AU; IDPP (10:00-11:30am)

Inclusive Development within the Framework of the Global Environment
Mr. Kevin Hill, United Nations Development Programme (10:00-11:30am)

Inclusive and Accessible Electoral Processes: Challenges and Opportunities
Ms. Virginia Atkinson, International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Initiatives to Improve the Quality of Life for Elders Through Built Environments
Dr. Emi Kiyota, Ibasho

How Can Digital Societies Contribute to Achieving the SDGs for Persons with Disabilities?
Dr. Maria Martinho, United Nations DESA/DSPD/SCRPD

The Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Urban Accessibility and "Smart Cities"
Dr. Victor Pineda, World Enabled; GAATES; University of California-Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; U.S. Access Board (TBC)

Human Rights and the City: Including Persons with Disabilities in Urban Development and Smart Cities
Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter, Institute for Human Rights, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Remote Participation:
Virtual participation is available for each session at

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Previous Sessions and Recordings:

To access sessions and recordings from Academic Year 2016-2017 Fall Semester, please visit IDPP Seminar Series - Fall 2016 Semester

To access sessions and recordings from Academic Year 2015-2016 Spring Semester, please visit IDPP Seminar Series - Spring 2016 Semester