Access: The IDPP Newsletter
March 2019 
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Latest News
IDPP Supports Kogod M.S. Analytics
Site Visit to PAHO Headquarters
Dr. Cogburn, Dr. Alex Camacho (PAHO), and two M.S. Analytics Students
IDDP staff and students listening to a presentation while seated at a PAHO conference table.
IDPP Executive Director and Kogod School of Business professor Dr. Derrick Cogburn led M.S. Analytics students in site visit to the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Americas.

Dr. Cogburn’s students are analyzing health data from
Special Olympics International, and IDPP is exploring a multi-faced partnership with the Pan American Health Organization. Students participated in a hand-on simulated emergency, conducting real-time data analytics at the site visit.

"The entire site visit was incredible,” said IDPP Research Associate Nathan Banks. “I’m fascinated by the internal processes organizations like PAHO use. I’m so grateful to have been able to see what this line of work is like firsthand.”

Learn more about the site visit and IDPP's partnerships with PAHO here.
IDPP, AU Partners to Host Symposium on
Disability, Access, & Teaching 
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Presented by: 
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President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion | Department of Philisophy and Religion
IDPP is proud to partner with a variety of organizations at AU to host "Disability, Access, & Teaching." This free, one-day symposium will seek to foster dialogue and promote accessible and inclusive learning at AU and beyond. 
  • Wednesday April 10, 2019
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • AU Butler Board Room (Butler Pavilion, sixth floor)
  • All AU faculty, staff, students and members of the greater D.C. community welcome to attend.
Click here to register for free
Call for Papers:
53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Science
Hawaii International Conference on System Science
January 7-10, 2020
Calls for papers are now available for three HICSS-53 mini-tracks that will be co-chaired by IDPP’s Dr. Derrick Cogburn, Dr. Filippo Trevisan, and Faculty Associate Nanette Levinson.
  1. Culture, Identity and Inclusion
  2. Distributed Collaboration in Organizations and Networks
  3. Text Analytics
Submissions begin on April 15, 2019. Click here for full details.
Upcoming Events
IDPP Panel on Accessible Global Governance
Saturday, March 30 | 1:45-3:30pm
International Studies Association
IDPP leadership and faculty associates will be presenting their latest research on persons with disabilities global governance at a panel at the 2019 International Studies Association’s Annual Convention.

IDPP will be presenting on disability rights advocacy and technological innovations in global governance.

Learn more
IDPP to Present on Contributions to
Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction
UMD Disability Summit
Friday, April 5, 2019
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IDPP's Dr. Derrick Cogburn will be presenting on IDPP's role is supporting disbility-inclusive disaster risk reduction at the upcoming University of Maryland Disability Summit.

Among other work, the talk will highlight IDPP's highly-successful partnership with PAHO to launch INGRID-H

Learn more here.

Photo credit: ASB Office for Indonesia and the Philippines.
IDPP Supports United Nations GP2019
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
May 13-17, 2019 | Schedule TBA
IDPP is proud support the UNISDR Global Platform 2019 and as facilitate disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction efforts by providing remote participation to a selected series of side-events and working-sessions.

A full schedule and links to livestreams will be announced soon. Learn more here.
Other Highlights
IDPP Deputy Director Attends Story Movements 2019
Dr. Filippo Trevisan pictured with fellow AU faculty and CMSI research fellows.
Pictured (left to right): CMSI Program Manager Varsha Ramani, SOC Professor Leena Jayaswal, IDPP Deputy Director and SOC Professor Filippo Trevisan, CMSI Director and SOC Professor Caty Chattoo, and SOC Professor Benjamin Stokes.
Hosted bi-annually by the Center for Media and Social Impact (CMSI) at AU, "Story Movements" examines the current and future uses of storytelling for social change and advocacy.

“It was great to hear from some of the world's leading storytelling innovators," said IDPP Deputy Director and CMSI Research Fellow Dr. Filippo Trevisan. "Through storytelling, disability activists and groups are leveraging the power of their experiences in incredible ways."

Learn more about Story Movements here. 
IDPP Alumnus Q&A: Ruby Holmes
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"I’ve always been passionate about pursuing a career in international human rights, so focusing on disability has never been a question."

Ruby Holmes is passionate about her work on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in post-conflict mediation and peace building at Humanity and Inclusion.

Read the full Q&A here.
Student Spotlight: Harshala Chandraiah
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"For a sustainable and shared future, it is important to have all voices heard and IDPP gave me the opportunity to do just that."

Harshala Chandraiah's passion for social and environmental policy research led her to join IDPP. 

Read Harshala's story here. 
IDPP Takes Field Trip to D.C's Newseum
Dr. Cogburn and three IDPP research associates/students.
Pictured (left to right): IDPP Executive Director Dr. Cogburn, Research Associate Nathan Banks, Research Associate Madelaine Reis, and Research Assistant Adriana Hooks.
In early March, IDPP staff and students took a pre-Spring Break visit to the Newseum in downtown D.C.

Students and staff left with a greater understanding of the powers of the press in publicizing civil rights movements and policy advocacy, including persons with disabilities. 
The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) 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.

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