Diane Richler

Diane Richler is the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation International Fellow.  She is the immediate past chair of the International Disability Alliance and past president of Inclusion International. She has worked to link disability to broader issues of social policy, human rights, democratization, and strengthening of civil society. Richler has played a leadership role in Canadian and international strategies to promote inclusive education, close institutions, and develop social policies that promote the inclusion of persons with a disability and their families in all aspects of community life. As president of Inclusion International, she led an initiative to improve the capacity of multilateral, state, civil society, and economic sectors to develop more inclusive economies, societies, and governance institutions. The initiative works to “link local voices to global change” by bringing together people, organizations, and institutions committed to inclusion. Richler was director of the Roeher Institute and executive vice-president of the Canadian Association for Community Living. She holds a BA in psychology from McGill University.