Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is with great pride that I write to let you know that Louise has been awarded a Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards 2016, for her international advocacy work within the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People and within New Zealand through The National Foundation for the Deaf. She has been recognised, along with nine others globally, as a person with a disability, for her leadership in championing the rights of individuals with hearing disability internationally. Information on the awards and the Viscardi Center are described below and you can connect to information on all the 10 awardees through the individual links. This is wonderful international acknowledgement of Louise’s leadership and we should all be immensely proud of her recognition at this level.
In its strategic plan the Foundation acknowledges that hearing disability is a global issue and identifies the importance of it reaching out and contributing globally to enhance recognition of hearing disability and support prevention programmes internationally. In the work that Louise does internationally and with her extraordinary impact and contribution through the IFHOH, WHO and UN, she is also contributing to that strategic goal enormously, and probably way beyond what was imagined when the plan was developed.
Our congratulations to Louise on this outstanding recognition on the international stage and thanks for the contribution she is making to enhance lives of people with hearing disability everywhere.
With best wishes
Professor Peter Thorne
The National Foundation for the Deaf