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IDPP Co-Hosts International Special Education Conference in Thailand

By Stephane Leblois

Associate Professor Derrick Cogburn presented at the inaugural International Conference on Special Education in Bangkok, Thailand.

Associate Professor Derrick Cogburn presented at the inaugural International Conference on Special Education held from July 28-31, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. Co-organized by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization–Regional Centre on Special Education (SEAMEO SEN) and the Ministry of Education of Thailand, the event attracted more than 1,700 high-level policymakers, educators, and experts from across the globe to discuss issues related to the conference’s overarching theme, Innovation: Enhanced Learning Initiatives and Practices in Special Education.

“It was an honor to contribute to this inaugural meeting that provided the important exchange of ideas for persons involved at all levels of special education policymaking and implementation,” said Cogburn, the executive director of the American University Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP).

Cogburn has been at the forefront of promoting accessible information and communication technologies (ICTs) to further enhance and implement the rights of persons with disabilities across Southeast Asia and around the world.

Cogburn delivered an opening address during the conference’s first plenary session on “The Role of Innovation in Enhancing Learning Initiatives and Practices,” in which he spoke about IDPP as a global model for accessible cyberteaching and learning. Speaking on the panel with Cogburn was Lord Colin Low, president of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), Sheryl Burgstahler, founding director of DO-IT at University of Washington, and other prominent practitioners and academics.

Since its inception in 2011, IDPP has promoted accessible cyberlearning for inclusive higher education in research and practice. In particular, IDPP focuses on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region through its network of 20 university partners and four outreach partners, the most recent of which is SEAMEO SEN.

IDPP was part of a distinguished group of organizations co-hosting the conference, including UNICEF, ICEVI, and Perkins Institute for the Blind.

Stephane Leblois is the Strategic Communications Associate for IDPP.

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