Ronald McCallum Named 2011 Senior Australian of the Year

February 1, 2011

We extend our congratulations to Copyright Agency member Professor Ronald C McCallum, who was named Senior Australian of the Year 2011 at a ceremony in Canberra on 26 January.

Professor McCallum teaches labour law and litigation law at the University of Sydney. He 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. He has a long list of credentials and was President of the Australian Labour Law Association from 2001 to 2009, is currently the Chair of Radio for the Print Handicapped of NSW Co-operative. He is Deputy Chair of Vision Australia and Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Ron is an ardent campaigner for equality among all.

In commenting on Ron’s accolade, Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund Manager, Zoë Rodriguez said:

“Ron McCallum is an inspiration to all Australians – demonstrating that a disability, in his case a print disability, does not prevent him from playing an active role in public life. He has championed the rights of disabled Australians for a very long time, and this public recognition of his achievements is something the Copyright Agency is very pleased to celebrate.

“We will work with him and others in the print disability sector to close the gap in access to materials – we understand that access to works in alternate, readable formats is critical to the visually impaired achieving educational, health and employment outcomes.”

For further information about the award and Professor McCallum’s achievements, please refer to the Australian of the Year Awards website.

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