Diane Richler is a Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation International Fellow. She is former chair of the International Disability Alliance, past president of Inclusion International and a member of the Human Rights Advisory Committee of the Open Society Foundations. She was one of the civil society leaders in the negotiation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Diane has played a leadership role in Canadian and international strategies to promote inclusive education, close institutions and develop inclusive social policies by improving the capacity of multilateral, state, civil society, and economic sectors to develop more inclusive economies, societies and governance institutions.
She was an Erasmus Mundus Visiting Academic of the European Union in inclusive education. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Manuel Guerrero of Panama. She was Director of the Roeher Institute and Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Community Living and has been an invited speaker in over 50 countries and served as a consultant to governments and the World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO, the Organizations for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) among others.