Foundation Honors Actress Marlee Matlin with Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion In 1987, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Marlee Matlin the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her heralding performance in the film Children of a Lesser God, sym
The Ruderman TV Challenge was designed to continue our work in Hollywood and advocate for greater inclusion of performers with disabilities. At a time when the discussion around the need for greater diversity in Hollywood is garnering great attention, disability is still being left ou
The advertising and modelling industries have long been under fire for unrealistic portrayals of the human form—particularly of women, though men have not been immune either. Seeing countless depictions of impossibly tall and thin models has been linked to low self-esteem and anxiety
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and this observance matters to me deeply this year because I have obtained my first professional employment opportunity outside of the advocacy work I do (which is for my disability rights organization Ramp Your Voice!). This
A little over a week ago, 50 Cent, aka Curtis Jackson III, posted a video of himself bullying a young man at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. He kept following the man—Andrew Farrell—telling him he must be high on something, calling him a motherf#$%er and ignoring t
The recently released Kessler Foundation national survey shows that the majority of Americans with disabilities are striving to work and overcoming barriers to finding jobs and succeeding in the workplace.
They are employers, large and small, who have shown a commitment to employing the best people for the job. They have proven that a fully inclusive workforce is good for the bottom line. They believe that everyone has the right to meaningful employment. They are the Best in Business.
Higher education for people with intellectual disabilities strengthens their cognitive abilities, empowers them and contributes greatly to their self-worth and self-image. Meet the driving force behind Bar-Ilan University's Empowerment Program.
Fourth post in a series entitled “Issues I face as a working adult with a disability": Social service supports that Ben has been able to qualify for have allowed him to live outside his parent’s home and be as independent as possible.
Everyone in our community deserves the chance to contribute his or her skills and talents, and be fairly compensated for them. Employment First is the right goal to help people with disabilities be a real force in the marketplace.
I will continue to raise my voice to see that people with disabilities are included in whatever communities they choose, included in our neighborhoods, our schools, our synagogues... Let us hope to see the day in our lifetimes when we are truly made welcome anywhere we choose to be.
My son, like so many of his peers, is capable of much more than sweeping a floor, folding laundry, clearing a table, or watering plants. My son is bright, disciplined, hardworking, driven to succeed, and congenial, and one day he WILL be a taxpayer.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Harvard Professor Michael Stein about a wide range of issues affecting people with disabilities. Professor Stein is an internationally recognized expert on disability rights, who participated in the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Ri
Below is a speech given at the graduation ceremony for this year’s participants in Camp Ramah California’s Ezra voc-ed program. By: Shaina Barnett Hello and bruchim habaim (welcome), everyone. My name is Shaina Barnett and I’m graduating this summer. I started in the summe
By Michael Liberman- Transitions to Work Graduate When I first started Transitions to Work, the Director, Madeline Wenzel, told me I would be doing a 3 month training to learn register and customer service skills. I started the class and was taught how to use the cash register, stock
Below is an op-ed I wrote for Huffington Post about the positive aspects of full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce. – Jay As the U.S. disabled population grows amidst increasing challenges to American economic competitiveness on the world stage, the time is