Irish teenager Joanne O'Riordan to address UN conference

Monday 23 April 2012 17.38
Joanne O'Riordan will address the ITU conference at the UN in New York
Joanne O'Riordan will address the ITU conference at the UN in New York

Cork teenager Joanne O'Riordan, who was born with no limbs, will travel to the United Nations in New York today to address the ITU conference.

The 15-year-old is to give a key note speech to the International Telecommunication Union on how technology has helped her advance her life through both education and the social environment around her.

She is the only person with a disability to be invited to this exclusive conference entitled "Girls in Technology".

Some of the world's leading women in technology will also attend the event, which Ms O'Riordan hopes will empower others to realise the importance of technology in their lives.

The Irish Film Board has granted Joanne's brother Steven O'Riordan and 2000 AD Productions in Galway funding to produce a documentary charting his sister's extraordinary life story.

The working title "No Limbs No Limits" is to highlight the positive and lasting effect on how people perceive those with disabilities in Ireland and beyond.

Mr O'Riordan's debut film, "The Forgotten Maggies", was a documentary charting the human rights issues surrounding the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland.

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