Professor Ron McCallum patron for people with disability

22 May 2013

Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO, former Dean of Sydney Law School, has been named as this year's Patron for International Day of People with Disability.

The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin congratulated Professor McCallum on his new role.

"Professor McCallum comes to the role of Patron for International Day of People with Disability with significant experience as the inaugural member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as serving as its current Vice Chair," Ms Macklin said.

"Having dedicated himself over many years to improving the lives of people with disability, in particular those with visual impairment, Professor McCallum will be a strong voice in promoting International Day of People with Disability."

Professor McCallum hopes to use his role as patron to promote this year's theme of 'Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all'.

"My aim is to work on bringing down barriers in education from pre-school to the tertiary level. I also wish to assist in promoting Disability Care Australia (formerly the NDIS), and as a labour lawyer, I wish to assist where I can in arguing for greater levels of employment of we persons with disabilities," Professor McCallum said.

Professor McCallum is the first totally blind person to have been appointed to a full professorship in any field at any university in Australia or New Zealand.

Earlier this month, Professor McCallum received a standing ovation at the Sydney Opera House for his talk at TEDxSydney 2013. Watch the video above.

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