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2014

New York, NY, 9 July 2014—Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) Ms. Maryanne Diamond was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2014 for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia and humanity at large. The award recognises Ms. Diamond’s service to people who are blind or have low vision through national and international leadership roles, and as an advocate for best practice employment opportunities in Australia. Appointments to the Order of Australia confer the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service.

Ms. Diamond has been a leading advocate for the blind and visually impaired on a national level since the early 1990s. A founding member of Vision Australia, Ms. Diamond currently holds the role of General Manager of Advocacy and Engagement for the organisation. Ms. Diamond was president of IDA member the World Blind Union from 2008 – 2012, and as a representative of the WBU, assumed the position of chair of the International Disability Alliance in July 2014. In her time as president of the WBU, Ms. Diamond was instrumental in the development of the Marrakesh Treaty, a treaty developed to loosen international copyright laws on books published in accessible formats.

“It is a true honour to be a recipient of the Order of Australia,” said Ms. Diamond. “It is especially an honour of what this award represents with respect to the progress made to increase the rights of persons with disabilities.”

 The International Disability Alliance was established in 1999 as a network of eight global and four regional organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and their families, representing the estimated one billion persons with disabilities worldwide. IDA’s unique composition as a network of international DPOs allows it to act as an authoritative and representative voice of persons with disabilities in the United Nations system, both in New York and Geneva.

 

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