In Memory of John O’Gorman

Inclusion International is saddened to hear about the loss of John O’Gorman on March 30th.

We would like to give thanks for John’s boundless contributions as Treasurer of Inclusion International and as Past-President of Inclusion Europe and Inclusion Ireland. John was tireless in his support for Inclusion International and for the principles which keep us strong. He dedicated his life to working in the field of intellectual disability, both in his native country of Ireland and internationally.

In 1990 John became particularly active in Bulgaria supporting the NGO sector and the families of people with intellectual disabilities. His commitment to bringing change in Bulgaria was the quintessence of support between our members. John worked relentlessly to create the parents’ organisation and the Bulgarian Association for People with intellectual disabilities (BAPID) to raise awareness about the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.

In 1999, to mark the 40th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, John organised the first human rights seminar on disability in Sofia together with local NGOs.

In 2004 he received a plaque from the then Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Hristina Hristova, for his contribution to the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

John received the Honorary Life Members recognition from Inclusion International in 2006 in appreciation of his efforts and leadership to build the strength and credibility of our organisation.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

May he rest in peace.