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|Marlee Matlin remains a champion for disabled actors, 30 years after winning her Oscar
Los Angeles Times—February 24, 2017
»”The Ruderman Family Foundation, an internationally recognized organization that advocates for people with disabilities, honored her with its Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion this year.”
|Marlee Matlin Honored with Morton E. Ruderman Award for Lifelong Activism for People with Disabilities
eJewish Philanthropy—February 24, 2017
»”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, symbolizing an unprecedented selection, as it was and continues to be, the only deaf actor to ever win the prestigious award. Today, 30 years later, the Ruderman Family Foundation has chosen to award Matlin with its annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion, for her lifelong activism for people with disabilities.“
|Marlee Matlin on why Trump’s comments may help people with disabilities
The Times of Israel—February 23, 2017
»”In the decades since, the Jewish actress has combined a busy film and TV career with work on a range of issues, from AIDS to economic inequality. Matlin, 51, was recognized this week with the Ruderman Family Foundation’s annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion for her “lifelong activism for people with disabilities.””
|Jerusalem art school fosters design talent among students with disabilities
Jewish Broadcasting Service—February 22, 2017
»[FAST FORWARD TO 5:37] “The Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion is recognized during the daily JBS News Update.”
|Jerusalem art school fosters design talent among students with disabilities
Jewish Telegraphic Agency—February 16, 2017
»”Due to this kind of work, Bezalel in December won the $50,000 Ruderman Prize in Inclusion, which recognizes organizations that foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The Ruderman Family Foundation has been awarding the prize for the past five years; this year the $250,000 was split among five organizations around the world involved in art, technology and media.”
|Cars, country and Secretary Chao: How America can prepare for self-driving cars
Fox News—February 13, 2017
»”…a study from Securing America’s Future Energy and the Ruderman Family Foundation found self-driving cars could open two million employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”
|Self-driving cars could help disabled people find employment
Blasting News—February 6, 2017
»”A self-driving car can get people around those barriers. According to the study released by the Ruderman Family Foundation, 2 million people would have expanded employment opportunities.”
|We’re missing the boat on Jewish continuity
The Times of Israel—February 5, 2017
»[Jay Ruderman:] “Younger people overwhelmingly embrace inclusion of all people and frown on segregation. If we stay comfortable with excluding a fifth of our community, our young people will turn away and find inclusive communities elsewhere.”
|Number of U.S. Jews Opening Files to Immigrate to Israel Spiked Following Trump’s Election
Haaretz—February 1, 2017
»”Jay Ruderman, who runs a family foundation that focuses on strengthening ties between Israeli and Diaspora Jews, thinks that scenario is still very far away. ‘This is not 1930s Germany,’ he says. ‘People are upset and surprised, but they’re fighting. They would have to feel that their personal security was deeply threatened to pick up in large numbers and leave. I don’t think we’re there yet, and I don’t know if we’re going to get there.'”
|Self-Driving Cars Could Lift Disability Employment
Disability Scoop—January 31, 2017
»”In a study released by the Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation this month, researchers found self-driving cars would dramatically improve the lives of residents with disabilities by making it easier and cheaper for them to travel — especially to and from a job.”
|Israel No Longer in Top Five Issues Influencing American Jewish Voters
The Jerusalem Post—January 27, 2017
»”The report, titled “Israel – a Unifying or a Divisive Issue among American Jews?” was published by the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa and written by Alon Pinkas, former Consul General of Israel in New York and foreign policy advisor to four previous Israeli Foreign Ministers.”
|New Study Examines American Jewry’s Relationship with Israel
eJewish Philanthropy—January 27, 2017
»”‘The American Jewish community and Israeli society exist in very different realities and these differences have been shaping the worldviews of these two communities,’ said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation.”
|New Study: Israel No Longer a Priority for Many Jewish-American Voters
The Jewish Press—January 26, 2017
»”Published by the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa, the study claims that Israel plays neither a distinctively unifying nor patently divisive role in American-Jewish life, and while the bond between American Jews and Israel remains strong, the ties are fraying and recurrent friction on important issues has weakened the link over the last 10 to 20 years.”
|A Minnesota Police Officer Punched a 14-Year-Old Girl in the Face
Teen Vogue—January 26, 2017
»”According to The Post, police officers shot and killed 963 people last year. A quarter of those were having a mental health crisis. A 2016 report released by the Ruderman Family Foundation says that nearly half of all people killed by police are disabled or have mental health conditions.”
|Now Ido won’t have to ask for help cutting paper in school
ISRAEL21c—January 26, 2017
»”TOM:Israel 2017, held in partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation, was the largest makeathon in world history and the first international makeathon in the growing global movement which expands across Israel, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and Vietnam.”
|Report: Self-Driving Cars Could Improve Lives of People with Disabilities
Public News Service—January 26, 2017
»”Nearly 6 million people with disabilities have difficulty finding transportation, and Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, said this population needs to be part of the discussion.”
|Study: Self-driving cars will benefit disabled
Boston Herald—January 22, 2017
»”In a study released by the Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation last week, researchers found self-driving cars would dramatically improve the lives of disabled residents by making it easier and cheaper for them to travel — especially to and from a job.”
|DeVos appointment gets mix reaction
My Journal Courier—January 20, 2017
»”‘The Ruderman Family Foundation is deeply concerned that Betsy DeVos’s responses at her Senate confirmation hearing to be the next United States Secretary of Education have demonstrated an unfamiliarity with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA),’ said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation.”
|How driverless Cars can Empower Americans with Disabilities
Builder—January 19, 2017
»”According to ‘Self Driving Cars: The Impact on People with Disabilities’, driver-less technology can help address the bigger issues many Americans with disabilities face, including limited access to public transportation and streets that aren’t properly designed to accommodate wheelchairs. Additionally, the cars can bring more people into the workforce by creating 2 million more job opportunities.”
|How driverless cars can empower Americans with disabilities
Curbed—January 18, 2017
»”According to a new report, Self-Driving Cars: The Impact on People with Disabilities, released yesterday by the Ruderman Family Foundation and Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), the potential of driverless vehicles to liberate Americans with disabilities from transportation issues, bring more people into the workforce, and save substantially on health care, is vast.”
|Can We Recruit Meryl Streep and Her Supporters to Actually Do Something on Disability Employment?
Forbes—January 18, 2017
»”Karin Willison, disability editor at The Mighty, a thoughtful disability rights website, has a good summary of this issue in a recent post on Ms. Streep’s comments. Ms. Willison references a Ruderman Family Foundation study finding that ‘only 1% of TV characters have disabilities — and out of that 1%, 95% are played by able-bodied actors.'”
|Self-driving cars could put 2M people with disabilities to work
NBC KSNV News—January 18, 2017
»” A new whitepaper from Securing America’s Future Energy (a think tank devoted to weaning the U.S. off of oil) and the Ruderman Family Foundation shows that autonomous vehicles will allow 2,000,000 people with disabilities to enter the workforce.”
|Police Killings By Race 2016: Mentally Ill Often A Target, But Chicago Police Might Have A Solution
International Business Times—January 17, 2017
»“Roughly half of the Americans who are killed by the police suffered from some kind of mental disability, according to a March 2016 report from the Ruderman Family Foundation, an organization advocating for people with mental illnesses in Boston. “
|Self-driving cars could help employ 2M people with disabilities: Study
Metro—January 17, 2017
»“Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation published a study detailing how self-driving cars could open up two million job opportunities for people with disabilities, and reduce annual healthcare expenditures by $19 billion by lessening the frequency of missed doctors’ appointments.”
|Building a Community of Inclusion
Jewish Boston—December 27, 2016
»“Yachad is the ideal incubator for Offen’s dedication to Jewish learning and building community for those who are on the margins. She credits much of the organization’s growing success to partnerships with the Orthodox Union, the Ruderman Family Foundation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Congregation Kehillath Israel.”
|Inclusion in Jewish Education: A Shift in the Conversation
eJewish Philanthropy—December 21, 2016
»“With the advent of the Mort Ruderman Inclusion Scholarship Fund for Jewish day schools in Greater Boston, Mort Ruderman, z’l and the Ruderman Family Foundation are continuing to push the envelope toward greater and more robust inclusion. The vision of the fund is to ensure that financial needs are not a barrier to inclusion.”
|Why ‘The Bachelor’ Needs To Feature More People With Disabilities
Bustle—December 21, 2016
»“According to Variety, a recent study from the Ruderman Family Foundation (co-authored by Seinfeld actor Danny Woodburn) found that in the 2015-2016 television season, 95 percent of general disability roles were played by able-bodied actors.”
|Boston religious leaders to discuss disability inclusion
Boston Globe—December 20, 2016
»“Including those with disabilities is ‘not a project or an initiative, it’s a value,’ said Shira Ruderman, director of the Ruderman Family Foundation, speaking to a group of 16 interfaith leaders at Northeastern University on Monday. ‘It’s a mind-set.'”
|How can places of religion and faith become more accessible to people with disabilities?
Mass Live—December 19, 2016
»”The Ruderman Family Foundation convened the roundtable with representatives of multiple faiths and highlighted its synagogue inclusion project, an effort to make it easier for people with disabilities to participate in religious activities.”
|Boston religious leaders to discuss disability inclusion
Boston Herald—December 18, 2016
»”The Ruderman Family Foundation, a Boston-based advocacy organization for disabled people, will host the event Monday at Northeastern University. Leaders from different denominations inside Boston’s Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Buddhist communities are expected to discuss the challenges for people with disabilities and to share best practices.”
|Bakersfield, California, police shoot unarmed Latino man Francisco Serno
Mic—December 15, 2016
»“Earlier this year, a report from the Ruderman Family Foundation found that almost half of the people killed by police have a disability. Police have become the default responders to mental health calls,” the authors wrote in the report.”
|Bezalel among 2016 Ruderman Prize in Inclusion winners
The Jerusalem Post—December 14, 2016
»”‘This year’s Ruderman Prize in Inclusion awardees represent the innovation and ingenuity taking place around the globe that is leading us to a more inclusive world,’ said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation.”
|Police say 73-year-old shot by officer had crucifix that was mistaken for gun
The Guardian—December 14, 2016
»”‘The killing of Francisco Serna is another tragic incident of police shooting a person with disabilities, something which is occurring on a near-weekly basis now throughout the United States,’ said Jay Ruderman, the foundation’s president. ‘These tragedies are unnecessary and preventable.'”
|Man with dementia fatally shot by police had a crucifix, not a gun, police say
Los Angeles Times—December 13, 2016
»”The Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates for those with disabilities, said the shooting indicated police were ill-prepared.’These tragedies are unnecessary and preventable,’ said Jay Ruderman, the foundation’s president.”
|Poll: Donald Trump Will Be ‘Pro-Israel President,’ Most Israelis Believe
The Forward—December 5, 2016
»”The poll commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation also found that 49 percent of Israelis thought that the status of Jews in America would remain the same in the wake of the U.S. election, while 32 percent thought their status would be stronger and 19 percent weaker.”
|That Time I Spoke at the Knesset — and Israeli Lawmakers Seemed to Listen
The Forward—December 5, 2016
»”The setting was the Knesset Caucus on Israel-U.S Relations, founded in 2011 with support from the Ruderman Family Foundation. Its chair, Nachman Shai, acknowledged from the start that many American Jews are reeling from the unexpected election of Donald Trump as our next president, and the surge in anti-Semitic rhetoric that accompanied this unusually nasty campaign.”
|New poll finds high support for Trump among Israelis
The Times of Israel—December 5, 2016
»”The poll, which surveyed 500 Israelis and was conducted by the Dialog polling firm on behalf of the Ruderman Family Foundation, did not define “pro-Israel,” though it is usually used in such contexts as shorthand for being supportive of Israeli government policies.”
|Poll: Majority of Israelis believes Trump could achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace
The Jerusalem Post—December 5, 2016
»”A majority of Israelis believe US President- elect Donald Trump will be a pro-Israel president, expect him to follow through on campaign promises and think he could even make peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, according to a poll released by the Ruderman Family Foundation on Monday.”
|As Trump heads to Oval Office, Israel-US panel says ‘the only thing certain is uncertainty’
The Jerusalem Post—December 5, 2016
»”‘We will deal with the challenges together,’ Shira Ruderman, CEO of the Ruderman Family Foundation, assured participants at the meeting, emphasizing that Israel and the US must work together on a daily basis – rather than just in times of crisis – in order to strengthen their relationship.”
|Netanyahu Wants to Discuss Iran With Trump as Tensions Grow
Bloomberg—December 4, 2016
»”Fifty-eight percent of Israelis say there’s a chance Trump will scrap the deal, a new poll showed. The telephone survey of 500 Israelis by the Dialog organization had a margin of error of 4 percentage points, according to a press release Monday from the Ruderman Family Foundation, which sponsored the poll.”
|New Initiative Empowers Jewish Students to Embrace Inclusion
eJewish Philanthropy—November 30, 2016
»“Gateways: Access to Jewish Education is partnering with the Ruderman Family Foundation to create the Ambassadors for Inclusion (AFI) program, an initiative that teaches students in Jewish day schools and congregational schools, from kindergarten through high school graduation, to understand, respect and speak thoughtfully about differences.“
|U.S. police could borrow from British efforts
Courier Journal—November 25, 2016
»“The Ruderman report recommended police adopt specific training to address people with disabilities. In fact, most law enforcement agencies on the Treasure Coast, including the Port St. Lucie Police Department, already take part in such training.“
|Was mental illness a factor in Port St. Lucie man’s death?
TC Palm—November 23, 2016
»“Gateways: Access to Jewish Education is partnering with the Ruderman Family Foundation to create the Ambassadors for Inclusion (AFI) program, an initiative that teaches students in Jewish day schools and congregational schools, from kindergarten through high school graduation, to understand, respect and speak thoughtfully about differences.“
|Activists ask why review of CMPD includes protests, but not fatal police shooting
The Charlotte Observer—November 18, 2016
»“As many as half the people killed by police in the United States have a disability, according the Ruderman Foundation, which advocates for those with disabilities.That’s why it is critical law enforcement agencies thoroughly review use of force involving people diminished mental capacity or other disabilities, said Jay Ruderman, president of the group. He said officers need better training and strategies for dealing with people with disabilities.“
|Police not adequately trained on mental health
USA Today—November 17, 2016
»”Since Deborah Danner was killed by law enforcement in her New York apartment on Oct. 18, police in the U.S. have killed at least 10 other people whose behavior may have been connected to a mental health issue. A recent report by the Ruderman Family Foundation estimated that up to half of the people killed by police in America are disabled in some way, and a good number of them suffer from some sort of mental illness.”
|Lights, camera, no action: When will Hollywood diversity include disabilities?
Jewish Journal—November 10, 2016
»”As the recent Ruderman Family Foundation’s white paper on the employment of actors with disabilities in the TV industry documented, the largest, most excluded population group depicted on TV are people with disabilities, a group that, based on the 2010 U.S. Census, makes up almost 20 percent (56.7 million) of our population…”
|The challenges facing American Jewry
Jerusalem Post—November 10, 2016
»”Jay Ruderman, president of the Boston- based Ruderman Family Foundation, also sees Israel as the key to the future of American Jewry. ‘While American Jews are motivated by a variety of issues in American society, I believe that the connection American Jews have with the State of Israel is the most important for the future of the American Jewish community.'”
|Israeli politicians, Zionist leaders hail Donald Trump, say ‘the era of a Palestinian state is over’
Daily Pakistan—November 9, 2016
»”Some 33 percent of respondents picked Trump, the Republican Party’s front-runner, as the most pro-Israel among the candidates, and 31 percent chose Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, according to the findings released Wednesday by the Ruderman Family Foundation.”
|Operations vs. Advocacy: A Foundation’s Role in Building Both
North Carolina State University—November 7, 2016
»”Jay and Shira Ruderman of the Ruderman Family Foundation believe that there is more that funding institutions, in particular family foundations, can do: they can communicate externally on behalf of their grantees and raise awareness, and they can show nonprofits that there is a necessary relationship between service and advocacy.”
|Why the Jewish vote is so important to US presidential candidates
Ynet—November 6, 2016
»”A study conducted by Prof. Gil Troy as part of the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at Haifa University raises several reasons that could provide an explanation for Trump and Clinton’s pro-Israel speeches and statements.”
|Hollywood’s ‘Diversity Push’ Excludes People With Disabilities, and That Affects You
The Mighty—November 4, 2016
»”Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, told The Mighty in an email: ‘As Hollywood begins to come to terms that the entertainment industry needs to reflect modern day America, it is imperative that the largest minority among us, people with disabilities, is not left by the sidelines.'”
|The Weird Stereotypes Actors With Disabilities Are Forced To Confront
BuzzFeed—November 4, 2016
»”During a panel at the Ruderman Studio-Wide Roundtable on Disability Inclusion on Nov. 1, Matlin, who is Deaf, said some TV- and filmmakers see disability as ‘baggage’ — an extra layer of personal identity that may baffle audiences (or casting directors).”
|The hidden group of Americans still fighting for the right to vote
Fox News—November 3, 2016
»”‘People with disabilities in the U.S. regularly struggle to exercise their right to vote despite a patchwork of pieces of legislation that ensure their access to the electoral process,’ the Ruderman Family Foundation, a disability advocacy group, recently said in a white paper on the issue.”
|Disabled actors and advocates plead to Hollywood: ‘Give us a chance, please!’
Los Angeles Times—November 2, 2016
»”When Hollywood discusses diversity, it tends to focus on race, gender and, maybe, sexual orientation — but it almost always ignores disability. This was the consistent refrain and impetus behind the Ruderman Studio-Wide Roundtable on Disability Inclusion…”
|Why do one in seven US citizens still have to fight to vote?
The Guardian—November 1, 2016
»”Beyond the media focus on the race for the White House a new report by the Ruderman Family Foundation explores evidence that, regardless of political rhetoric, people with disabilities in the US routinely encounter barriers within the broader electoral process.”
|Activist Ruderman Foundation Takes Up Discrimination against Actors with Disabilities
Nonprofit Quarterly—November 1, 2016
»”The Massachusetts-based Ruderman Family Foundation organized the event in Beverly Hills after the release in July of its whitepaper study, co-authored by Woodburn, on Employment of Actors with Disabilities in Television, which revealed that 95 percent of roles depicting someone with a disability on the top 10 TV shows were played by actors without disabilities. “
|Actors With Disabilities Speak Up: “Just Give Us A Chance”
Yahoo!—November 1, 2016
»”In July of this year, the The Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society, released a White Paper study on Employment of Actors with Disabilities in Television, co-authored by Woodburn, that laid out the inequality in the film and television industry for those with disabilities.”
|The barriers to voting with disabilities
Fox News—October 26, 2016
»”The Ruderman Foundation talks to Gregg Jarrett and explains the major barriers voters with disabilities face in the US and what needs to be done to make it easier to access to the ballot box.”
|New York police ‘failed’ in fatal shooting of woman, commissioner says
CNN—October 21, 2016
»”Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates for people with disabilities, said about half of recent high-profile police killings involved people with disabilities. Danner’s death highlights the need for better training by police, he said.”
|‘We failed,’ New York police commissioner says of sergeant fatally shooting ‘emotionally disturbed’ woman
Washington Post—October 19, 2016
»”Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates for people with disabilities, said in a statement that the shooting ‘highlights the need for police to have better awareness of how to interact with people with disabilities in order to prevent more fatal tragedies.'”
|Donald Trump accused of harassing, mocking deaf Jewish actress Marlee Matlin
Jewish Telegraphic Agency—October 14, 2016
»”‘Taken along with his previous mocking of a New York Times reporter with a disability, Donald Trump has shown a pattern of disparaging people with disabilities that is unacceptable and offensive,’ said Jay Ruderman, the foundation’s president.”
|Ruderman White Paper on WVON 1690 Chicago
WVON 1690 Chicago—October 7, 2016
»LISTEN: Foundation Advocacy Content Specialist Kristina Kopic was interviewed by WVON 1690 Chicago to discuss the latest Ruderman White Paper on Voting Accessibility for People with Disabilities.
|Disability is a hidden side of the police violence epidemic
Vox—October 4, 2016
»”A report from the Ruderman Family Foundation earlier this year found wildly varying estimates of the number of disabled people killed by police, from 25 percent to more than 40 percent of police shooting victims. For perspective, census data puts the overall incidence of disability at about 20 percent of the population.”
|How ABC’s ‘Speechless’ is changing attitudes about disability.
Upworthy—October 3, 2016
»A recent study published by the Ruderman Family Foundation reports that less than 1% of TV characters have disabilities — and 95% of those roles are played by actors without disabilities.
|Scott shooting prompts criticism of Charlotte police tactics
The State—October 1, 2016
»”Officers often have little or no training in dealing with the mentally disabled, said Jay Ruderman, president of the foundation. At the same time, he said, people with disabilities sometimes behave oddly during moments of duress or make movements that can be interpreted as threatening to officers.“
|Report: Voters with disabilities are treated like “second-class citizens” at the polls
Mic—September 30, 2016
»”A new analysis of voter accessibility data by the disability advocacy group Ruderman Family Foundation reveals that impediments to entering polling locations, difficulty obtaining absentee ballots, inadequate training of poll workers, a lack of privacy while voting, among other problems, plague an estimated more than 3 million eligible voters with disabilities.”
|Up to Half of People Killed by Police Have Disabilities
Teen Vogue—September 28, 2016
»”A report released by the Ruderman Family Foundation says people who are disabled or have mental health conditions make up nearly half of all people killed by police. With the African-American community more likely to experience severe mental illness because of lack of treatment and other barriers, these people are particularly vulnerable to police violence.”
|The Largest Voting Bloc in the United States Needs to Unify
The Huffington Post—September 28, 2016
»Foundation President Jay Ruderman discusses how a united disability front can shape electoral politics in the United States.
|US Jews ‘more pro-choice than pro-Israel,’ new study says
The Times of Israel—September 26, 2016
»”‘American Jews are perceived as voting for Jewish interests, especially regarding Israel,’ said Gil Troy, a professor at McGill University who conducted the study, released by the Ruderman Family Foundation’s Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa. ‘However, American Jews are more pro-choice than pro-Israel when voting.'”
|Charlotte Shows How People with Disabilities Fare Worse in Police Shootings
Non-Profit Quarterly—September 23, 2016
»”In the wake of the last few days in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the protests are focused legitimately on the disproportionate police shootings of black people, it might also be useful to pay attention to a white paper published by the Ruderman Foundation that points out that ‘Disabled individuals make up a third to half of all people killed by law enforcement officers…The media is ignoring the disability component of these stories, or, worse, is telling them in ways that intensify stigma and ableism.'”
|“Speechless” Is Breaking New Ground on Television
The Atlantic—September 21, 2016
»”As soon as the trailer for the new ABC comedy dropped in June, Speechless became one of the most important shows about disability in the history of television. That’s not hyperbole; rather, it speaks to the fact that shows that center characters with disabilities, feature actors with disabilities, and tell authentic and informed stories about disability are extremely rare. Earlier this year, the Ruderman Foundation released a report revealing that 95 percent of all television characters with disabilities are played by abled actors.”
|‘Speechless’ Creator on Casting Disabled Actors in Hollywood, ‘Demystifying’ Special Needs Community
Variety—September 21, 2016
»”Shortly after “Speechless” was greenlit, a new study came out [from the Ruderman Family Foundation] revealing that 95% of the top television shows cast able-bodies actors in the roles of disabled characters. Silveri says that casting a disabled actor what important to him for this particular show, but he is not offended when others do not.”
|The Death of Meat-Meat: What Happened After Cops Killed a Mentally Ill Black Man on Camera
Vice—September 19, 2016
»”That overextension of police is what Lawrence Carter-Long, who co-authored the Ruderman report and works for the National Council on Disability, said is a result of holes in America’s safety net. He added there are a range of disability issues that officers may not understand, using the example of deaf victims who police may treat as being non-compliant because they can’t hear, and said that Meat-Meat’s death falls into that category.”
|Jeffrey Tambor won an Emmy for playing a transgender woman, but even he thinks that’s problematic
The Washington Post—September 18, 2016
»”‘Othello was [once] played by Laurence Olivier in blackface and we would never think in this day and age of casting a white person to play a black person,’ Ruderman Family Foundation president Jay Ruderman said at the time. ‘Yet routinely people with disabilities are played by able-bodied people.'”
|Scotty’s Earns National Recognition
The American Bazaar—September 15, 2016
»“NextCure, a biopharmaceutical company based in Beltsville, Maryland, is one of 18 winners of the Ruderman Best in Business Award, announced this week. The award, instituted by Ruderman Family Foundation, a national leader in disability inclusion, awarded NextCure for having shown a history of inclusive hiring, supporting and employing people with disabilities…”
|Scotty’s Earns National Recognition
Inside Indiana Business—September 15, 2016
»”Indianapolis-based Scotty’s Brewhouse has won a national awarded for its history of supporting people with disabilities. The restaurant chain is one of 18 winners of the Ruderman Family Foundation’s Best in Business Award.”
|Evanston Subaru in Skokie Receives National Award from The Ruderman Family Foundation
Chicago Tribune—September 14, 2016
»”The Ruderman Family Foundation honored Rob Paddor, owner of Evanston Subaru in Skokie with the Best in Business Award for 2016. This national award highlights businesses in the United States and Canada who have shown exemplary practices in training and employing people with disabilities.”
|Announcing the 2016 Ruderman Best in Business Award Winners
The Jewish Week—September 12, 2016
»”For the second year, the Ruderman Family Foundation has partnered with The Jewish Week Media Group to select exemplary companies that train, hire and support employees with disabilities for the Ruderman Best in Business Award.”
|ABC’s ‘Speechless’ extends TV diversity to include teen with cerebral palsy
Philly.com—September 9, 2016
»”The actor, a person with dwarfism, probably best known for playing Cosmo Kramer’s friend Mickey Abbott on Seinfeld, cowrote a Ruderman Family Foundation report this summer that concluded not only that people with disabilities were vastly underrepresented on top TV shows, but also that nearly all were played by actors who didn’t share their characters’ conditions.”
|Why We Can’t Ignore the Link Between Disability and Mass Incarceration
The Mighty—September 7, 2016
»”As was demonstrated in a major report commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation, disabled individuals make up a third to half of all people killed by law enforcement officers, and make up the majority of those killed in use-of-force cases that attract widespread attention.”
|How ABC’s ‘Speechless’ plans to avoid the ‘very special episode’ syndrome
Campaign US—September 7, 2016
»”Though networks have made progress, the truth is that roles for disabled actors, and the inclusion of disabled characters, have been rare. According to a recent study by the by the Ruderman Family Foundation, only 5% of television characters with a disability are actually played by an actor with a disability.”
|This sad sign exposes how police wrongfully target the mentally disabled
Vivala—September 6, 2016
»“The report published earlier this year by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a disability organization, used the story of 26-year-old Ethan Saylor who suffered from Down syndrome, to show how police wrongfully target the mental disabled.”
|Rapid Response: Turning Exclusion to Inclusion
New Mobility—September 1, 2016
»So how does real change happen? When families are confronted in a personal way with the reality of disability, their point of view begins to change — from the inside out. Suddenly those closest to the newly disabled loved one are involuntarily enrolled in a crash course in Understanding Disability. The Ruderman family went through a similar process on their way to becoming powerful and effective advocates for people with disabilities.
|Fatal Shooting of Deaf Man Raises Concerns About Police Training
Society For Human Resource Management—August 31, 2016
»Relatedly, the Ruderman Family Foundation released a report in March, stating that “disability is the missing word in media coverage of police violence. Disabled individuals make up a third to half of all people killed by law enforcement officers.”
|Hillary’s Mental Health Plan Could Help Make Sure It Gets Better
The Advocate—August 26, 2016
»A March study from the Ruderman Family Foundation determined that “up to half of all people killed by police in the United States are disabled,” including those who have some form of intellectual disability.
|New Video Shows Beginning of Chase Before Police Shooting of Deaf Man
ABC News—August 26, 2016
»The Ruderman Family Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit group, published a study in March of 2016 claiming that half of all high-profile police-related shooting victims suffered from some form of disability.
|Vogue Magazine Criticized For New Paralympics Campaign
The Culture Trip—August 26, 2016
»Foundation, President Jay Ruderman’s tweet featured in reaction to Vogue’s photoshopping of able-bodied actors to provide them disability.
|Vogue Photoshops able-bodied actors to promote the Paralympics
Revelist—August 26, 2016
»In a statement to Revelist, Jay Ruderman, disability inclusion activist and president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, said: “With a plethora of models with disabilities, not to mention the thousands of Paralympians, Vogue Brazil should have used real people with disabilities to promote the Paralympic Games. The fashion industry would never consider using a photo of a white model with black face to represent a black model, likewise they should use models with disabilities to represent the disabled.”
|Vogue Brazil under fire for promoting Rio Paralympics with pictures of able-bodied actors with disabilities PHOTOSHOPPED in
The Daily Mail—August 25, 2016
»Foundation President Jay Ruderman’s Tweet quoted by The Daily Mail in reaction to Vogue Brazil’s decision to Photoshop disability
|Vogue Brazil photoshopped able-bodied models instead of using actual Paralympians
Mashable—August 25, 2016
»”People with disabilities are some of the most underrepresented in media. A 2016 study by Ruderman White Paper found that 95% percent of characters on the top 10 shows on American television do not have a character with a disability, even though one in five Americans do.”
|RPD’s approach with the deaf driven from ’97 tragedy
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle—August 25, 2016
»”Jay Ruderman of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates for the disabled, said police need more training in dealing with individuals with disabilities. A foundation study determined that about half of people killed by police over several years had a mental or physical disability.”
|N.C. Trooper Being Investigated for Shooting Death of Deaf Man
The New York Times—August 24, 2016
»Foundation President Jay Ruderman: “People with disabilities will be safer the more the police are properly trained in this regard, and it needs to happen now before more tragedies occur. Whether a person is deaf, autistic or has a chronic health problem, these disabilities are often not understood by police officers when encountering them on the streets.”
|Brother of Deaf Man Shot and Killed by Trooper Speaks Out, Calls for Change
Time Warner Cable News—August 24, 2016
»“I think this incident can really be a catalyst for changing police policy across the United States, and I’m really hopeful that will come out of it,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation.
|National scrutiny grows in trooper’s shooting of deaf Charlotte motorist
The Charlotte Observer—August 23, 2016
»Harris’ family issued a statement earlier this week asking for more specialized training in dealing with the deaf drivers. That call is being echoed by other advocates for the deaf, including the Ruderman Family Foundation, a national leader in disability inclusion.
|NC Public Safety Secretary Asks Public Not to Make Assumptions About Shooting of Deaf Man by Trooper
ABC 11 Eyewitness News—August 23, 2016
»The case has drawn criticism from advocates for the deaf like the Ruderman Family Foundation, which called Tuesday for more training for police officers in dealing with people with disabilities.
|The Emmy’s: The other election that matters for civil rights
Jewish Journal—August 18, 2016
»Foundation President Jay Ruderman and Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi advocate for why the disability-focused program, “Born This Way,” deserves an Emmy win.
|Donnell Thompson’s Murder Highlights Police Aggression Against Disabled People
Vibe—August 12, 2016
»”Up to half of people killed by the US police are disabled, a fact that is most often not mentioned in mainstream American media, in a report by the Ruderman Family Foundation. Almost all well-known and reported cases of police shootings involved someone who was disabled.”
|Phoenix woman presses for more police training to deal with the mentally ill
Ahwatukee Foothills News—August 8, 2016
»Such encounters are happening more often than previously thought, according to a March report by the Ruderman Family Foundation. It said disabled individuals “make up a third to half of all people killed by law enforcement officers.”
|Korryn Gaines and the Criminalization of Disabilities
The American Prospect—August 4, 2016
»Because police officers are often the de facto first responders, many individuals have suffered at the hands of police because of misunderstandings about certain types of behavior that arise. A Ruderman Family Foundation study found that people with disabilities make up one-third to one-half of all individuals killed by police.
|Two new laws give disabled more employment opportunities
Jerusalem Post—August 4, 2016
»To that end, the Ruderman Family Foundation has partnered with the Economy Ministry, the Joint Distribution Committee in Israel and insurance company Meitav Dash to provide the business sector the tools and knowhow to successfully hire and integrate people with disabilities.
|Judicial Reform Could Mean Greater Attention on Mental Health, Disabilities
U.S. News & World Report—July 29, 2016
»At the White House forum, Vallas cited a Ruderman Family Foundation report estimating that people with disabilities comprise one-third to one-half of all individuals who are victims of police-involved fatalities. One-quarter of the individuals fatally shot by police in 2015 were people with mental illness, according to an investigation by The Washington Post.
|David Perry on Disabilities and Police Violence
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting—July 29, 2016
»Check out David Perry’s interview with Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting on media coverage of police use of force and disability, based on our Ruderman White Paper.
|Demilitarizing, Not Training, a Better Solution to Reducing Police Brutality, Experts Say
Atlanta Black Star—July 28, 2016
»According to a recent report on disability and policing from the Ruderman Family Foundation, over a third of the high-profile cases concerning police violence between 2013 and 2015 involved people with disabilities
|What It Feels Like To Be An Autistic Person of Color in the Eyes of the Police
The Daily Beast—July 25, 2016
»In a way, the police using an autistic person as an alibi makes sense. A recent white paper released by the Ruderman Family Foundation showed that up to half of all people killed by police are disabled and a medical condition or “mental illness” is used to blame victims for their own deaths. On top of that, 80 percent of all cases involving disability are labeled mental illness.
|Shooting a man who was lying down with his hands up?
CNN—July 22, 2016
»This was a highly dangerous situation for Rinaldo. According to my research, published most recently in a study for the Ruderman Foundation, a third to a half of all people shot by police have some form of disability. When it comes to high-profile killings, the number is closer to 80%.
|Police Harassment Is Street Harassment
Collective Action for Safe Spaces—July 19, 2016
»A recent study by the Ruderman Family Foundation showed that as many as half the people killed by police had some kind of disability. In DC, the 2015 Trans Needs Assessment showed that 18% of transfeminine people have been assaulted by police in public spaces.
|Study shows lack of opportunity for disabled actors
Los Angeles Times—July 18, 2016
»Woodburn (“Jingle All the Way,” “Seinfeld” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), who as a little person counts himself as a person with a disability, cowrote the report with Kristina Kopić, an advocacy specialist with the Ruderman Foundation, an internationally recognized organization that advocates for the inclusion of people with disabilities.
|Disabled Behind Bars: The Mass Incarceration of People With Disabilities in America’s Jails and Prisons
Center for American Progress—July 18, 2016
»While data on police-involved killings are extremely limited, one study by the Ruderman Family Foundation estimates that people with disabilities comprise a staggering one-third to one-half of all individuals killed by law enforcement. According to an investigation by The Washington Post, one-quarter of the individuals shot to death by police officers in 2015 were people with mental health conditions.
|Almost all disabled TV characters are played by able-bodied actors. Can we fix that?
The Washington Post—July 16, 2016
»The report, by the Ruderman Family Foundation, comes amid efforts to increase diversity and representation in Hollywood, including the #OscarsSoWhite campaign that dominated headlines and social media earlier this year. And it points out that people with disabilities, estimated to be around 20 percent of the U.S. population, are missing from that conversation — even as small screen roles grow more diverse.
|Disabled Characters on Television: 95% of Roles in Top 10 Shows Played By Able-Bodied Actors — Report
IndieWire—July 16, 2016
»Their findings concluded that 95 percent of characters with disabilities in top 10 TV shows are played by able-bodied actors, an act that, according to the Ruderman Family Foundation, reveals the “unjust and troubling discrimination of actors with disabilities in Hollywood.”
|Almost all disabled TV characters are played by able-bodied actors. Can we fix that?
US News Now—July 16, 2016
»Ruderman was among the advocates who spoke out against the film “Me Before You,” which features a disabled main character played by an able-bodied actor and faced criticism for incorporating harmful tropes commonly seen in movies about people with disabilities.
|Study Says 95 Percent of Disabled Characters Are Played by Able-Bodied Actors
Jezebel—July 14, 2016
»The study looked at the frequency of actors with disabilities on the top 10 TV shows of the 2015-2016 television season. Out of 31 shows, only four actors with disabilities were cast, or less than 2 percent of all actors on screen. They noted that about 20 percent of the population is a person with a disability.
|Most Actors Who Play Characters With a Disability Don’t Actually Have One, Study Finds
Teen Vogue—July 14, 2016
»Vulture reports the new study by Ruderman White Paper found 95% of the actors portraying characters with a disability on television’s top 10 series in the 2015-2016 season actually don’t have a disability. According to Variety, the study confirms that people with disabilities are the most underrepresented in media.
|There’s a Huge Problem in How Television Represents People With Disabilities, Study Says
Mic—July 14, 2016
»According to a new report released by the the Ruderman Family Foundation, actors without a disability play 95% of disabled characters on TV. The report cites a GLAAD study that shows that, despite 20% of the US living with a disability, only 0.9% of television characters do.
|New Study Points Out Just How Poorly Pop Culture Portrays Characters With Disabilities
Tucson Weekly—July 14, 2016
»”Remember last year when Emma Stone was cast as a Hawaiian character and movie lovers everywhere had to come to terms with Hollywood’s history of whitewashing? Well, get ready for round two because the Ruderman Family Foundation just released a study, The Ruderman White Paper: Employment of Actors with Disabilities in Television, about the poor representation people with disabilities receive in American media.”
|A New Study Says 95 Percent of Actors Playing Disabled Characters in TV’s Top 10 Shows Are Able-Bodied
Vulture—July 13, 2016
»The report, the work of Seinfeld’s Danny Woodburn and the Ruderman Family Foundation’s advocacy-content specialist Kristina Kopić, explains that while close to 20 percent of the U.S. population qualifies as disabled, actors across 31 TV programs who have disabilities amounted to a mere four people, or 2 percent of the total.
|Able-Bodied Actors Play 95% of Disabled Characters in Top 10 TV Shows, Says New Study
Variety—July 13, 2016
»The comprehensive study on employment of actors with disabilities in television reveals the “unjust and troubling discrimination of actors with disabilities in Hollywood,” per the white paper commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation.
|Push for Diversity in Television Turns to the Issue of Disability
MXDWN.com—July 13, 2016
»As Variety reports, the Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates for the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout our society, has conducted a study on the number of disabled parts being played by disabled actors, and the numbers are very low.
|Why are we OK with disability drag in Hollywood?
Los Angeles Times—July 11, 2016
»Jay Ruderman and actor Danny Woodburn ask why the same standard of self-representation in media isn’t applied to people with disabilities as it is with all other demographic groups.
|Prizes to be given for inclusion of people with disabilities
FOX25 News Boston—July 5, 2016
»“The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation is accepting nominations for its annual awards for companies and organizations that demonstrate model inclusion for people with disabilities. Five organizations from around the world will be selected for the prizes, which are $50,000 each.”
|Ruderman Prize to Award up to $250,000 for Inclusion Programs
San Diego Jewish Journal—June 28, 2016
»”Five individual $50,000 awards will be given to companies and organizations that operate innovative programs and provide services that foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The Foundation’s goal is to invest the $250,000 as recognition for the important work being done and also to ensure that necessary resources are available to allow these organizations to continue.”
|With $1 million Genesis Prize, violinist Itzhak Perlman eyes a more inclusive world
JNS.org—June 24, 2016
»”Jay Ruderman—president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which prioritizes the issue of disability rights and has worked to improve accessibility in Israel over the last 12 years—said inclusion laws in Israel are solid, but are often not enforced.”
|‘Reverse Birthright’ gives Israelis a look at America’s Jews, from Philip Roth to the Three Stooges
Jewish Telegraphic Agency—June 23, 2016
»The trip, which began June 18, is the highlight of a yearlong master’s degree program at Haifa University, the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies. The program teaches 25 students about American Jewish history, religion and culture to have them better understand and identify with their American counterparts. The program was created by the Ruderman Family Foundation, which works to strengthen ties between Israel and U.S. Jewry.
|Grants Roundup: Ruderman Family Foundation Awarding $250,000 Toward Innovation in Disability Inclusion
The Chronicle of Philanthropy—June 22, 2016
»The Ruderman Family Foundation has opened nominations for its fifth annual prize recognizing innovative programs that allow for the full inclusion of people with disabilities. Five organizations — one each in the categories of technology, entertainment, art and fashion, media, and social businesses and advocacy — will each win $50,000.
|Ruderman Prize seeks nominees who excel at including people with disabilities
Jewish Telegraphic Agency—June 21, 2016
»The Ruderman Family Foundation has opened the nomination period for its international Ruderman Prize in Inclusion, honoring companies and organizations that operate innovative programs and provide services that foster the inclusion of people with disabilities.
|Company offers opportunity for people with disabilities as online customer service representatives
ynet—June 15, 2016
»(ARTICLE IN HEBREW) While most people with disabilities have difficulty finding a job consistent with their skills, a company is utilizing their talents in the customer service field.
|The director of Me Before You is #sorrynotsorry about its controversial ending
Cosmopolitan—June 6, 2016
»Jay Ruderman, the president of disability advocacy group in the US, The Ruderman Family Foundation, argued that the plotline “presents a deeply troubling message to our society about people with disabilities” because “to the millions of people with significant disabilities currently leading fulfilling, rich lives, it posits that they are better off committing suicide.”
| Me Before You director responds to controversy over film’s ending
Entertainment Weekly—June 5, 2016
»“The upcoming release of the movie Me Before You presents a deeply troubling message to our society about people with disabilities,” said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “To the millions of people with significant disabilities currently leading fulfilling, rich lives, it posits that they are better off committing suicide.”
|Ruderman Family Foundation Outraged Over ‘Me Before You’ Portrayal of People with Disabilities
WBZ News Radio 1030—June 3, 2016
»RADIO INTERVIEW: Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, spoke with WBZ radio about the controversial portrayal of people with disabilities in the upcoming film ‘Me Before You.’
| ‘Me Before You’ has a disabled main character — but activists are angry. Here’s why.
The Washington Post—June 3, 2016
»“Othello was [once] played by Laurence Olivier in blackface and we would never think in this day and age of casting a white person to play a black person,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “Yet routinely people with disabilities are played by able-bodied people.”
|Can Emilia Clarke jump from ‘Thrones’ to big-screen stardom?
The Boston Globe—June 3, 2016
»It’s well-appointed guilty-pleasure tosh, even with a side-plot about assisted suicide that has properly outraged disability rights advocates, including the Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation. (The movie’s Prince Charming has endless wealth, access to the best health care, a flipping castle in his backyard — and he wants to end it all? Where does that leave mere mortals in his condition?)
|Tech Talk: Making this world a better place
The Jerusalem Post—May 31, 2016
»The [A3I] accelerator is a collaboration between Beit Issie Shapiro, the Ruderman Family Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, and is also partnering with PresenTense, which aims to make entrepreneurship accessible to all and accelerate social impact in communities across the globe.
|Israel accelerator invests in tech for people with disabilities
The Jerusalem Post—May 29, 2016
»”Innovation in technology is crucial to further the full inclusion of people with disabilities in our society,” said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “I believe that some of these inventions will change our world for millions of people with disabilities around the world.”
|Israel honors 100 years of American Jewry’s contributions
Arutz Sheva—May 26, 2016
»This landmark ceremony was accompanied by a special photographic exhibition, “Stripes, Stars and Magen David”, marking American Jewry’s deep involvement with the Yishuv and the State of Israel, bringing to life the many years of unrelenting activity and support by American Jews through chronological illustrations in the fields of education, health, welfare, security and much more.
|Knesset Ceremony on Channel 10 News
Channel 10 News, Israel—May 26, 2016
»WATCH (video in Hebrew): Shira Ruderman discusses the contribution of American Jewry to the State of Israel and the importance of the relationship between the world’s two largest Jewish communities.
|Netanyahu, Herzog bury hatchet for a day to celebrate US Jewry
The Times of Israel—May 26, 2016
»In addition, an exhibition of archival photographs and films tracing the American Jewish community’s involvement in building and sustaining Israel, produced by the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa, was on view in the Knesset’s Chagall State Hall.
|US Jews are not an “asset” – they are a partner
Jewish Journal—May 26, 2016
»Once upon a time Israel was too fragile to worry about such things as thanking US Jewry and considering US Jewry when it enacts policies, but it is now mature enough to do such things.
|Knesset Marks 100 Years of Jewish-American Support of Zionism
i24 News—May 26, 2016
»WATCH: i24 News reports from and analyzes the Knesset event recognizing the contribution of American Jewry to the State of Israel. Panel experts discussed the present challenges and opportunities to strengthening the relationship between Israel and the American Jewish community.
|A New Exhibition Details a Century Of Contribution to Israel
i24 News—May 26, 2016
»WATCH: i24 News The Daily Beat covers the Knesset exhibition highlighting 100 years of American Jewry’s contribution to Israel, as well as the Ruderman Family Foundation’s role in strengthening ties between the state and the world’s largest diaspora community.
|‘Difficult to overstate’ American Jewry’s importance to Israel, Netanyahu says
JNS.org—May 26, 2016
»The first-of-its-kind Knesset ceremony was organized by the Ruderman Family Foundation, which focuses on strengthening Israel-Diaspora relations. The foundation takes annual delegations of Knesset members on trips to the U.S. in order to help them gain a deeper understanding of American Jewry.
|Knesset honors 100 year old bond between American Jews and Israel
The Jerusalem Post—May 25, 2016
»Included was an exhibition in the Knesset’s Chagall Hall titled, “Stripes, Stars and Magen David” initiated and sponsored by the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa. The exhibition featured 100 photos showcasing American Jewry’s contribution to Israel.
|Israel celebrates US Jewry’s historic contributions to Zionism
Jewish Telegraphic Agency—May 25, 2016
»The May 25 ceremony in Jerusalem, the first of its kind, marked what organizers called 100 years of activity and support by American Jews for the pre-state Yishuv and the nation of Israel.
|Law and disorders: Cops, advocates try to defuse dealings with disabled
Cronkite News—May 13, 2016
»Such encounters are happening more often than previously thought, according to a March report by the Ruderman Family Foundation, which said disabled individuals “make up a third to half of all people killed by law enforcement officers.
|Why we lose when we don’t employ people with disabilities
The Marker—May 9, 2016
»(ARTICLE IN HEBREW) Ruderman Family Foundation Director Shira Ruderman discusses the economic cost of not integrating people with disabilities in society.
|What Will It Take for Hollywood to Cast More Actors with Disabilities?
Boston Magazine—May 6, 2016
»Foundation President Jay Ruderman says that in order to get to a future where it’s a given that people with disabilities deserve self-representation on the screen, and everywhere else, we need to start sending clear messages to Hollywood when they cast able-bodied actors as characters with disabilities.
|50 Cent has apologized after his comments about a young man with autism went viral
Rare News—May 4, 2016
»”50 Cent’s recent taunting of Andrew Farrell, a young man with disabilities, at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is reprehensible and has no place in our society,’ said Jay Ruderman, president of the foundation.”
|Harvard student apologizes for asking why Israeli lawmaker Livni is ‘so smelly’
i24 News—April 21, 2016
»”Livni was visiting Boston as part of the fourth annual Knesset Mission, which is sponsored by the Ruderman Family Foundation and brings Israeli politicians to town hall meetings across the US.”
|Trump Edges Clinton as Most pro-Israel Presidential Candidate, Poll of Israelis Shows
Haaretz—April 14, 2016
»”Other findings showed that Israelis believe their lawmakers should take American Jews into consideration when drafting laws and American Jews should stand alongside Israel on issues of foreign policy and security.”
|Israeli MKs make U.S. trip for latest crash course on American Jewry
JNS.org—April 14, 2016
»”In an attempt to bridge this gap, the Ruderman Family Foundation, an organization headquartered in Boston and Israel that focuses on strengthening Israel-Diaspora relations as well as promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities, last week brought a delegation of six Israeli Members of Knesset… to the U.S.”
|On US tour, Israeli politicians debate Diaspora Zionism
The Times of Israel—April 14, 2016
»”In its fourth year, the Knesset Mission is sponsored by the Ruderman Family Foundation, whose priorities include deepening connections between Israelis and American Jews, as well as advancing inclusion for people with disabilities.”
|Kotel Deal Unraveling. Who Is To Blame?
The Jewish Week—April 13, 2016
»”Jay Ruderman, president of the foundation, points out that ‘there are many groups and programs that support the U.S.-Israel relationship, but very few that educate Israelis about the American Jewish community. We are trying to raise the sophistication level among key Israeli leaders.'”
|Temple Emanuel to host former Israeli foreign minister
Newton Tab—April 12, 2016
»”The event is part of the Ruderman Knesset Mission, a one-week mission bringing Israeli members of the Knesset to the United States to meet with U.S. Jewish leaders to educate the Israeli elected officials on the American Jewish community…”
|Jewish camps, schools pressed to adopt child sexual abuse policies
Jewish Telegraphic Agency—April 6, 2016
»”Some of its most prominent signees include Lynn Schusterman, co-founder and co-chairwoman of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; Dana Raucher, executive director of the Samuel Bronfman Foundation; and Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation.”
|A funder asks potential grantees: “How Inclusive are you of People with Disabilities?”
eJewish Philanthropy—April 6, 2016
»”No matter how small or large the size of your check is, the organizations that get your money should reflect your values throughout.”
|JLI Toward Inclusion: Rohr JLI Teams Up With Ruderman-Chabad To Teach Inclusion
Chabad Lubavitch Headquarters News—April 5, 2016
»”In an effort to educate the greater public, RCII [Ruderman-Chabad Inclusion Initiative] has teamed up with JLI, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, creating Toward Inclusion, a compelling course that will advocate for, and advance, the inclusion of people with disabilities. “
|Nomination Period Opens for Ruderman Best in Business Award
eJewish Philanthropy—April 4, 2016
»”The Ruderman Best in Business initiative will raise awareness about the benefits of inclusive hiring for both employees and employers. Whether the company is a Fortune 500 company or a grassroots local business, the recognition will showcase businesses that have made an effort working toward inclusion.”
|Nominations Open For Ruderman Best In Business Awards
The Jewish Week—March 30, 2016
»”The 2016 awards will again recognize exemplary businesses that have demonstrated a history of employing people with disabilities, training and supporting them and developing innovative approaches to maximizing employees’ abilities.”
|Up to half of people killed by US police are disabled
The Guardian—March 29, 2016
»”In an attempt to put the problem on the radar, the Massachusetts-based disability rights non-profit organisation the Ruderman Family Foundation has published an eye-opening paper in which it estimates that a third to half of all people killed by police in the US have a disability.”
|Police Brutality and People with Disabilities: What Can We Do?
Union for Reform Judaism—March 23, 2016
»”The Ruderman white paper offers us information to address this issue through the lens of disabilities. Here are five ways we can work to create change.”
|Half of police shootings nationally are of persons with disabilities
Daily Kos—March 18, 2016
»”Hopefully the practices suggested by Ruderman for media will be welcomed and put into use without delay. Just like local and national efforts at greater police accountability and reform.”
|LAPD Commissioners Push for De-escalation Training. Naturally, Police Union Pushes Back
We Are Change—March 18, 2016
»”The LAPD Police Commission… voted unanimously yesterday to implement new ‘use-of-force policies that emphasize de-escalation and the use of minimal force in encounters with the public.'”
|Israel and the Diaspora: Time for Understanding, Not Disparaging
Huffington Post—March 16, 2016
»”Today, thanks in large part to the Ruderman Family Foundation, a growing number of Israeli leaders and journalists are increasingly knowledgeable about the strength, vitality, and challenges of North American Jewish life – and now, we must go even further.”
|‘Far too many victims of police violence are disabled’
RT—March 16, 2016
»”A report by the Ruderman Family foundation says officers lack training in handling mentally disabled people, following a number of high-profile cases that ended in tragedy.”
|Half of People Killed at the Hands of Police Are Disabled
New York Magazine—March 15, 2016
»”Violent police clashes with citizens, especially minority citizens, have received a lot of scrutiny in the past several years. But a new report reveals one aspect of these incidents that doesn’t: About half all of people killed by cops are physically or mentally disabled.”
|Video: Half Of People Killed By Police May Be Disabled
AJ+—March 15, 2016
»”The Ruderman Family Foundation released a damning new report, just in time for the International Day Against Police Brutality.”
|Police Related Deaths: Mental Disability Victims Comprise Half Of Those Killed By Law Enforcement, Report Says
International Business Times—March 15, 2016
»”While increased attention has been given in the past two years to how police interact with ethnic minorities, a new report proposes that police interactions with people with disabilities still fall by the wayside in terms of media coverage and policy. “
|Half of People Killed by Police Have a Disability: Report
NBC News—March 14, 2016
»”The report, published by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a disability organization, proposes that while police interactions with minorities draw increasing scrutiny, disability and health considerations are still neglected in media coverage and law enforcement policy.”
|The crucial word missing from most debates about policing
Fusion—March 13, 2016
»”The Ruderman report was more inclusive in its tally. ‘Notice that people like Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and Sandra Bland were all disabled, but because they weren’t killed in a mental health crisis, they are not included’ in the mental health statistics in either database, reads the report.”
|The faults of law enforcement in America
The Examiner—March 10, 2016
»“A recent study published by disability advocacy group the Ruderman Family Foundation has showed that up to half of the people killed by police officers were people living with a disability.”
|Half Of The People Killed By Police Have Disabilities, Study Shows, But Why Aren’t We Talking About It?
Romper—March 10, 2016
»“So how can law enforcement agencies begin to address this issue? Jay Ruderman, the president of the foundation that ran the study said, “Training is a necessary first step. Reforming the system follows closely behind.”
|Study Reveals Significant Overlap Between Police Brutality Deaths And Disabilities
Think Progress—March 9, 2016
»“According to an in-depth study published this week by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a disabled advocacy group, up to half of all people killed by law enforcement are living with a disability.”
|Study: Many Victims Of Police Abuse Have Disabilities
Opposing Views—March 9, 2016
»“The foundation, which advocates for social justice, also said that most of the publicized cases of police brutality included someone with a disability. The violence in those cases occurred whether or not the use of police force was deemed illegal or justified.”
|Mental health advocates go crazy over Bernie Sanders’ joke
New York Post—March 8, 2016
»“Mental health patients and their advocates are ripping Bernie Sanders, saying they take offense at any comparisons between themselves and GOP presidential candidates.”
|The disabled are at higher risk of being killed by police: study
New York Daily News—March 8, 2016
»“The white paper, released March 8, suggests that while killings of unarmed blacks dominate the news, the media is missing a separate story — the degree to which the disabled are more likely than non-disabled people to be shot or killed by law enforcement.”
|Why Police And Reporters Need To Think About Disability
WBEZ 91.5 Chicago—March 7, 2016
»Radio Interview: “We talk with David Perry, a history professor and advocate for people with disabilities about his new report: The Ruderman White Paper on Media Coverage of Law Enforcement Use of Force and Disability.”
|Bernie Sanders Mental-Health Joke Slammed by Jewish Disability Rights Group
The Algemeiner—March 7, 2016
»”The Ruderman Family Foundation, a Jewish organization that prioritizes disability rights and inclusion, called on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to apologize for a joke directed at Republican candidates that questioned their mental health.”
|Bernie Sanders jokes about the ‘mental health’ of Republicans
Los Angeles Times—March 7, 2016
»“Did Bernie Sanders insult mentally ill people in Sunday’s debate with Hillary Clinton? The Ruderman Family Foundation thinks so. The foundation, which describes itself as ‘a national leader in disability inclusion,’ condemned the senator from Vermont…”
|Ruderman Family Foundation Denounces Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Misguided Attack on People with Mental Illness
Ruderman Family Foundation—March 7, 2016
»”‘When millions of Americans deal with issues of mental health it was highly inappropriate for Senator Bernie Sanders to use a real disability as a joke in last night’s Democratic presidential debate,’ said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation.”
|USCJ Receives Continuing Support on Inclusion Initiative From Ruderman Family Foundation
The Jewish Week—March 1, 2016
»“’Disability inclusion is an issue not just confined to one movement or denomination, it’s an issue that has no borders and we see great importance in working with every movement inside Jewish life,’ said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation.”
|American Reform rabbis warn of alienation from Israel
The Associated Press—March 1, 2016
»“For decades, American Jewery – the second largest Jewish community in the world after Israel – has served as the bedrock of support for Israel. But there are signs of that support eroding, particularly among younger and more liberal Jews.”
|The Slow, but Steady Work of Inclusion
eJewish Philanthropy—February 29, 2016
»“I wish to see the social justice movement fight for people with disabilities like it has fought for other minorities and marginalized people.”
|Op-Ed: American leaders must be pushed harder on disability inclusion
Jewish Telegraphic Agency—February 29, 2016
»“There has been a growing awareness that Americans with disabilities are the largest minority in our country, accounting for 20 percent of the population, and that this minority needs to be included in everyday life.”
|The Last 12 Years
eJewish Philanthropy—February 16, 2016
»“We are a foundation that works closely with our partners to help design fully inclusive programs.”
|New Western Wall Prayer Space Highlights Wider Divide Among Jews
The New York Times—February 2, 2016
»“The leadership does not speak the same way that the people on the ground feel,” Ms. Ruderman said. The Kotel decision, she added, showed that “pluralism kicked in” and that Israel is “open to change.”
|Kotel compromise shows Israelis know they need American Jews
Jewish Telegraphic Agency—February 2, 2016
»Any Israeli who says there’s no place for non-Orthodox Jews or American Jews in Israel can no longer claim to be speaking for more than a sliver of Israelis.
|Donald Trump Criticized After He Appears To Mock Reporter Serge Kovaleski
NBC News (video)—November 26, 2015
»”It is unacceptable for a child to mock another child’s disability on the playground, never mind a presidential candidate mocking someone’s disability.”
|Outrage Mounts Over Trump’s Ridicule of Reporter’s Ailment
Bloomberg—November 26, 2015
»A Thanksgiving Day statement from the Ruderman Family Foundation, which works to promote more inclusive policies for people with disabilities, condemned Trump.
|Ruderman Foundation pushes for bottom-up inclusion movement for people with disabilities
The Jerusalem Post—November 4, 2015
»“What we are trying to do is build a movement from the bottom up. That’s the whole idea behind the summit.”
|Twenty-five years since the ADA, focus must be on employment
The Boston Globe—October 31, 2015
»For the next 25 years of the ADA to improve employment and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities we will need a commitment on the part of employers, elected officials, and the broader public much like the efforts that were made to pass and implement the ADA.
|Stop Enabling Donors’ Outsized Influence on Jewish Life
The Forward—October 22, 2015
»It’s understandable that wealthy people have a voice — even a disproportionate voice — in organizational life. The problem arises when that voice drowns out everyone else’s, completely obscuring the democratic ethos of Jewish civic life.
|Philanthropists Should Take Advantage of Their Bully Pulpit
Chronicle of Philanthropy—October 5, 2015
»Unimpeded by traditional nonprofit boards, philanthropists are often much more free to push for policy changes than the organizations they support.
|Back to the American Jewish Future
eJewish Philanthropy—October 2, 2015
»“On so many issues, and clearly on disability inclusion – issues where Judaism literally wrote the book – the American Jewish community continues to lag behind mainstream American society.”
|When Family Members Run Foundations, Scrutiny Never Ends
The New York Times—September 11, 2015
»”I feel the wealth should be spent judiciously,” said Mr. Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation in Boston. “The social impact we’re trying to have is going to affect the family legacy.”
|The future American Jew: Orthodox, fruitful and Republican
Yediot Aharonot—September 4, 2015
»It is very important that Israelis follow and understand the changes occurring in American Jewry, as this important and powerful community continues to have a direct influence on Israel’s security and economy.
|How synagogues can prioritize disability inclusion this High Holiday season
Jewish Telegraphic Agency—August 27, 2015
»The broader answer is that they can demonstrate leadership and work to create a powerful culture of inclusion among congregants so that inclusion pervades all aspects of congregational life, and thereby change basic attitudes toward people with disabilities.
|Why Every Philanthropist Should Be Active on Twitter
Non-Profit Quarterly—August 13, 2015
»Not only is our foundation active on Twitter, I’m personally active. I use it to both broadcast and listen. As a result, I am much closer to the discussion in the communities I’m trying to influence.
|End the Stigma of Mental Illness
CNN—April 6, 2015
»We must reassure those who forthrightly reveal their struggles with mental illness that they can still carry on their lives in ways that will be valuable to their communities, families and employers.
|Congress Ready, Willing and ABLE
The Hill—December 22, 2014
»Having arrived, and with a transition of Senate leadership in 2015, the disability community is in a position to build on ABLE and chart a new course for equality, empowerment, and full inclusion.