Access: The IDPP Newsletter
February 2019
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Latest News
IDPP Co-Sponsors Symposium on Disability Rights
Symposium on Disability Rights, February 21-22, 2019 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Click Here to Watch Live (Feb. 21-22)
IDPP will be livestreaming both days. 
Remember to use #DisabilityRightsBHM on social media!

“We’re proud to support Tina Kempin Reuter, one of our faculty associates, in this amazing symposium,” said IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn. Dr. Reuter is Director of UAB’s Institute for Human Rights.

“IDPP will be providing remote participation, and we hope many will take advantage of this opportunity,” says Cogburn. Learn more here.

IDPP Deputy Director Presents on Storytelling
and Disability Advocacy in 
IDPP Deputy Director Dr. Filippo Trevisan recently gave two talks in Australia on storytelling, advocacy, and disability.

Trevisan discussed his latest case studies on storytelling and disability in the U.K. and U.S., as well as a new collaborative project on the use of storytelling and grassroots advocacy in Australia and the U.S.
Panel Discusses Private Sector Efforts
to Curb Government Hacking of Civilians
Image of panelists during a recent discussion on curbing government hacking of civilians.
AU Internet Governance Lab Faculty Director Derrick Cogburn organized a panel discussion on private sector efforts to combat government hacking of civilians including vulnerable populations and persons with disabilities.

The panel, cosponsored by the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), and the University of Oklahoma Center for Cybersecurity and Policy, was framed around the Tech Summit and Microsoft President Brad Smith’s call for a digital Geneva convention. 
Click Here to Watch
Upcoming Events
"Disability, Access, and Teaching: A One-Day Symposium" April 10, 2019
Lydia X. Z. Brown will be giving the symposium's keynote address.
IDPP is proudly partnering with AU's Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative and IDPP Faculty Associate Dr. Tanja Aho on this one-day symposium.

This upcoming symposium will seek to spark conversations on inclusive and accessible education at AU and beyond.

Learn more here. Information on registration and a full schedle of events to be announced soon.
Pictured (above right): Lydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, and writer who will be giving the symposium's keynote address.
University of Maryland Disability Summit: April 5, 2019
University of Maryland logo.

The UMD Disability Summit brings focus to and promotes discussions of key current events and research impacting disability in society.

IDPP will be participating in the 3rd Biennial Summit at the University of Maryland, College Park campus.

Learn more here. Additional details to be announced soon.

Other Highlights
IDPP Student Spotlights:
Nathan Banks and Marissa Zuckerman
Portrait of Nathan Banks.
Portrait of Marissa Zuckerman.
Nathan Banks and Marissa Zuckerman are both AU graduate students and Research Associates at IDPP. Nathan and Marissa alike seek to use their passions for research and public relations respectively for greater good. 

Read both of their stories here
IDPP Partner Special Olympics Hosts
Annual Games in March
Video by Special Olympics on the Abu Dhabi games.
IDPP partner Special Olympics International will be hosting their annual World Games in Abu Dhabi, March 14-21, 2019. More than 7,500 athletes from 190 countries will be competing in this year's games. Learn more at
Meet IDPP's Newest Student Researchers
Portrait of Ambulah Mamey.
Portrait of Adriana Hooks.
New to the IDPP team this spring semester are Ambulah Abutumaga Mamey and Adriana Hooks!

Mamey is a Master's student in Development Management at AU's School of International Service and a fellow at the Kirchner Food Fellowship. Hooks is an undergraduate Anthropology student at AU's College of Arts and Science.

Welcome, Ambulah and Adriana! 
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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