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  March 2014 Newsletter

Executive Director's Corner

Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn (photo)Greetings! We have had a busy first few months of 2014 with significant exciting progress. We are delighted to announce that we recently launched our IDPP Fellowships application to pursue a Master of Public Policy (MPP) with a disability policy focus at University of Malaya INPUMA. We are now accepting applications for anticipated IDPP Fellowships that are expected to support the in-person participation of IDPP Fellows in the INPUMA MPP program in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia beginning this fall. Last month, we conducted a fantastic 7th Networking & Partnership Mission across ASEAN, and recently attended several prominent research and outreach conferences, one of which included a keynote address on the IDPP, disability and development. We are excited to continue our progress together. Thank you for your continued support.

IDPP Fellowships

University of Malaya-INPUMA Master of Public Policy

IDPP students at 2012 Annual Meeting (photo)The IDPP is now accepting applications for IDPP Fellowships to pursue a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree with a focus on disability policy at University of Malaya (UM) – International Institute for Public Policy and Management (INPUMA). The IDPP expects to offer up to fifteen fellowships funded by The Nippon Foundation with preference given to persons from ASEAN who are blind or visually impaired; deaf or hard-of-hearing; and/or mobility impaired. IDPP Fellowship applications will be accepted through 20 May 2014.

The MPP program begins 1 September 2014. Students will live on the UM campus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and take face-to-face classes with INPUMA and IDPP faculty. Incoming IDPP Fellows will participate in an IDPP two-week residency in August on the UM campus before the start of classes. Learn more

Outreach & Capacity Building

February Mission to ASEAN

IDPP delegation with University of Malaya colleagues (photo)An IDPP delegation conducted its 7th Networking and Partnership Mission across Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Myanmar from 4-20 February 2014. Key highlights included visits to prospective university partners Nanyang Technological University, Yangon University and Yangon Institute of Economics; Dr. Cogburn's presentation to the inaugural student cohort of the new Master of Public Policy and Management program at Universiti Brunei Darussalam; and our pilot IDPP Accessible Cyberteaching Training session with faculty across University of Malaya. Learn more

IDPP Attends CSUN 2014 Conference

CSUN conference (logo)IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn attended the 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) held from 17-22 March 2014 in San Diego, California. Fantastic outreach and networking opportunities resulted from the participation, including with accessibility and inclusive ICT experts. Learn more


Collaborative Research

IDPP Keynote Address at CCCC

CCCC conference (logo) Dr. Derrick Cogburn delivered a keynote presentation on the IDPP and disability and development at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) 2014 Annual Convention on 22 March 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The presentation was entitled “Disability and Development as a Global ‘Grand Challenge’: Collaborative Research Opportunities Around the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Post-2015 Development Agenda." Learn more

ISA 2014 Participation by IDPP Faculty

Dr. Cogburn and ISA 2014 Junior Scholar Symposium participants (photo)Several IDPP faculty attended the International Studies Association (ISA) 55th Annual Convention from 26-29 March 2014. IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn; IDPP and AU SIS Professor and incoming ISA President Dr. Amitav Acharya; IDPP and AU SIS Associate Professor Dr. Nanette Levinson; and several others presented at #ISA2014. Learn more



Louie Zepeda speaks at WHO event (photo)
IDPP Alumna Speaks at WHO Event on World Tuberculosis Day

IDPP alumna Ms. Eloisa “Louie” Zepeda was invited to speak at a prominent event hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Tuberculosis (TB) Programme and Stop TB Partnership in Manila, Philippines in honor of World Tuberculosis Day on 24 March 2014.

Ms. Zepeda recounted her experiences as a former TB patient; her IDPP-supported internship at the WHO Disability and Rehabilitation Unit in Geneva, Switzerland in summer 2012 while completing her CIDP master’s degree; and her current work as a Regional Representative with the Global Coalition of Tuberculosis Activists in promoting policy focused on empowering TB patients in the Philippines, as well as across ASEAN and the Western Pacific Region.

Ms. Zepeda’s work in disability policy began when she lost her vision due to her own fight against TB.

Speaking about her personal experiences and policy advocacy work, Ms. Zepeda said: “I try my best to find justice for my blindness and prevent what happened to me to happen to others. Now, as a policy maker, I plan to rectify the lapses in the local TB treatment systems to make sure that patient empowerment is included along with medication and technical assistance in all approaches to treatment.”

Participants of the event included WHO representatives, doctors and medical students from across the Philippines. Ms. Zepeda was one of three speakers invited to the event, which included a doctor specialized in TB treatment and a former Extremely Drug Resistant TB patient.

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Born as an initiative of The Nippon Foundation, the Institute on Disability and Public Policy for the ASEAN Region contributes to the vision of an ASEAN that is inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based. We strive to build a cadre of disability policy leaders that can make an impact at the local, regional, national and international levels.

The IDPP is led by COTELCO: The Collaboration Laboratory at American University's School of International Service and generously supported by The Nippon Foundation.

Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Executive Director
Maya Aguilar, Assistant Director of Communication / Managing Newsletter Editor                        
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