Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Congratulations to Maryanne Diamond AO, Vic finalist for Australian of the Year

The Commission sends Maryanne Diamond AO, Accessibility Activist, warm congratulations on being a state finalist for Australian of the Year 2017.

Maryanne will be one of the panellists speaking at the Commission's Human Rights Oration on 7 December at Deakin Edge. Read more about the Oration and register

Fighting for inclusion for most of her life, Maryanne Diamond has recently helped end the book famine for blind people around the world. During her four-year term as President of the World Blind Union, Maryanne led its international campaign to achieve a treaty with the World Intellectual Property Organisation to remove barriers preventing blind people from accessing books.

This resulted in the Marrakesh Treaty, a new global copyright agreement that will enable visually impaired people to read books in accessible formats.

Despite facing significant opposition, Maryanne remained steadfast in her determination to achieve an outcome that would make a difference to the 285 million blind and vision impaired people around the world.

The Treaty is being hailed as the most significant development for blind people since the invention of Braille over 200 years ago.

Maryanne’s leadership extends to advocacy for disability inclusion, specifically in the United Nations’ new 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Maryanne’s work is ensuring that people with disability are recognised and valued worldwide.

See all state and territory finalists for Australian of the Year 2017