• Laurie Ahern, President, Disability Rights International, Washington, D.C.
[Read complete biographies here: http://www.viscardiawards.org]
Sevaral months ago, I was asked to be a member of the selection committee that eventually chose these distingushed and "able" men and women for their courage and achievements, as well as service to the PwD global community. I am not easily impressed by events at this point in my life, but I was blown away by what I learned about each of these individuals. In fact, I was inspired.
I was also reminded that the journey of life is a mix of disappointment, shattered dreams and brilliant successes. As I read the biographies of these Viscardi awardees, one theme stood out: through disappointment came strength. And, with that strength they were able to change for the better the lives of a larger community, much larger than themselves.
My colleaques on the Viscardi Selection Committe were:
- Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo;
- Cari Dominguez, Former Chair, U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission;
- Col. Sherwood D. Goldberg, Esq. (Ret.), Senior Advisor for Asian Affairs, Center for Naval Analysis;
- Hiro Itoh, President & CEO, Abilities of Japan;
- Axel Leblois, president & CEO, The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTS (G3ict);
- Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Deputy Head of Unit, Integration of People with Disabilities European Commission;
- Nina Viscardi, daughter of Dr. Henry Viscardi.