Network Name:   The AUN Disability and Public Policy Network
Short Name :   AUN-DPPnet
Secretariat :   Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya
Objectives :   To contribute to human resource development in ASEAN by building a cadre of disability policy leaders who can help facilitate the vision of an ASEAN that is inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based, and who are trained and empowered to shape the policies that directly affect persons with disabilities throughout ASEAN and around the world.

AUN-DPPnet was established in 2016. The proposed AUN-DPPnet aims to build a cadre of disability policy leaders who will contribute to the vision of an ASEAN region that is inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based. By promoting the analysis and understanding of public policies for persons with disabilities, AUN-DPPnet intends to train and empower this cadre of disability policy leaders to impact the policies that directly affect persons with disabilities throughout ASEAN and around the world.

AUN-DPPnet strives to be the preeminent university network for:
1) Partnering with ASEAN governments to foster public policies that promote persons with disabilities entering society to compete on a par with their non-disabled peers
2) Preparing disabled leaders in the field of public policy


The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN Region was established in April 2011 with the full support of the ASEAN Secretariat and generous funding from The Nippon Foundation in Tokyo, Japan.

The IDPP was launched at Mahidol University in Thailand with four founding university partners, including the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and American University, along with two international outreach partners. The University of Malaya was among the first university partners to join the expanding IDPP network in June 2011.

Since its founding, IDPP’s primary objective has been to build a strong network of ASEAN university partners focused on disability and public policy, a mission which has led the IDPP to expand its international network to include 24 universities and outreach partners and establish a presence in nine out of ten ASEAN countries. The proposed creation of AUN-DPPnet led by the University of Malaya builds on the successes of this partnership network.


1. Facilitate the development and the conduct of postgraduate, internship and fellowship programs
2. Facilitate the sharing of evidence base practices, experiences and address accessibility and disability issues
3. Conduct and promote continuing education and capacity building programs
4. Encourage collaborative research and build network of experts within AUN and ASEAN countries
5. Serve as a resource body for the policy-making to the governments and related agencies

Plan of actions (2016-2019):

1. Annual AUN-DPPnet Board Meeting
2. Annual AUN-DPPnet Thematic Symposium on Accessibility
3. Access Audit Training for Trainers Programme
4. Entrepreneurship & Self-Employment Programme
5. INPUMA – Master of Public Policy Scholarship
6. Multimedia University – Master of Multimedia (E-Learning Technologies)
7. AUN-DPPnet Research Grants
8. Support of Existing IDPP post graduate students



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