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  • Gateways: Access to Jewish Education

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    Ambassadors for Inclusion: After many years of partnership, the Ruderman Family Foundation is excited to collaborate with Gateways: Access to Jewish Education on an exciting new initiative called Amb

  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and Gateways: Access to Jewish Education

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    MER Inclusion Scholarship Fund: In partnership with CJP and Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, the MER Scholarship helps to defray the cost of both school-based and ancillary services for day scho

  • Higher Education: Empowering Everyone, Part II

    Thursday April 30th, 2015

    Higher education for people with intellectual disabilities strengthens their cognitive abilities, empowers them and contributes greatly to their self-worth and self-image.

  • Higher Education: Empowering Everyone

    Tuesday March 24th, 2015

    An interview with the head of Bar-Ilan University’s Empowerment Program, which provides higher education opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

  • Jewish Self-Advocacy Education

    Tuesday February 17th, 2015

    Teaching people with disabilities self-advocacy skills through a Jewish lens so they can lend their voices and ensure their rightful place in our community.

  • Special Needs in Jewish Education in the Spotlight: From Individual Difference to Institutional Inclusion

    Monday August 13th, 2012

    By Guest Blogger Renee Rubin Ross Ph.D.

  • Extending my journey with The Academy

    Tuesday September 3rd, 2019

    I graduated from the Academy Gold internship program! What an incredible summer it has been.

  • Episode 16: Will New York City Become the Most Accessible City in the World?

    Monday July 1st, 2019

    Do you think New York City can be the most accessible city in the world? That’s Victor Calise’s goal.

  • Episode 15: Special interview with world-famous doctor and social media sensation Dr. Mike

    Wednesday June 12th, 2019

    Jay meets Doctor Mikhail Varshavski, a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”, at MIT where he takes part in a unique program focusing on social justice in the digital age. Dr.

  • Innovation 4 Inclusion

    Friday May 24th, 2019

    In partnership with Gateways, Access to Jewish Education, we hosted Innovation 4 Inclusion, celebrating the make-a-thon completed by eight of the Boston Jewish Day Schools.

  • Episode 14: Special interview with social media sensation, Chris Ulmer

    Wednesday May 22nd, 2019

    Jay meets SBSK founder Chris Ulmer at MIT, where he takes part in a unique program focusing on social justice in the digital age.

  • Episode 13: Diversity and Inclusion in Major League Baseball

    Monday April 15th, 2019

    From pioneer for inclusion as a major league athlete to champion for diversity in a leadership position at MLB. Baseball legend Billy Bean is joining Jay for an intimate and candid conversation.

  • Episode 12 : Disability in Theatre and Entertainment

    Friday March 22nd, 2019

    The first-ever national disability theatre is spreading across the country and its co-founder, actor with autism Mickey Rowe is joining Jay for a one-on-one with exciting news
     
    Guest:

     Micke

  • Episode 11: Diversity & Inclusion in Medicine

    Friday March 1st, 2019

    While the push for diversity in the medical profession is bigger than ever before, disability is not included. Jay is joined by Dr.

  • Episode 10: Fighting for Authentic Representation in Hollywood

    Wednesday February 13th, 2019

    While 20% of our society has a disability, less than 5% of actors on screen are disabled.

  • Episode 9: The Crisis in the Ivy League

    Wednesday January 30th, 2019

    There is an epidemic of mental illness on college campuses across the country. Joined by Ruderman Family Foundation program officer, Dr.

  • Episode 8: The Silent Murders in America

    Wednesday January 16th, 2019

    Hundreds of people with disabilities are killed by their caregivers every year and yet, we are rarely exposed to those tragic stories in the media.

  • Episode 7: Mental Health and Suicide of First Responders

    Wednesday January 2nd, 2019

    On this episode of All Inclusive, Jay is joined by Dr.

  • Episode 6: Andy Imparato: How Can the Disability Community Become More Impactful?

    Monday December 17th, 2018

    1 in 5 people in the U.S. has a disability, a large community that can lead progress and shatter the culture of ableism.

  • New Study Reveals Ivy League Schools Fail Students with Mental Illness

    Monday December 10th, 2018

    Ruderman Family Foundation’s White Paper on Mental Health in the Ivy League investigates the practice of imposing leaves of absence on students who are experiencing mental illness.

  • The Ruderman White Paper Reveals: Ivy League Schools Fail Students with Mental Illness

    Monday December 10th, 2018

    The Foundation’s White Paper on Mental Health in the Ivy League investigates the practice of imposing leaves of absence on students who are experiencing mental illness.

  • Episode 5: Interview with Deaf Singer Mandy Harvey

    Monday December 3rd, 2018

    Award winning singer songwriter and ukulele player, Mandy Harvey is joining Jay in a special one-on-one interview to discuss her successful journey as a deaf musician.

  • Episode 4: Paralympic Athletes’ Fight for Equal Medal Payout

    Monday November 19th, 2018

    Until a few weeks ago, Paralympic Athletes earned only 1/5th the amount of money for winning a medal, compared to their Team USA counterparts.

  • Episode 2: Will Autonomous Vehicles Transform the Lives of Millions of People with Disabilities?

    Monday October 22nd, 2018

    As 2 Million People with disability report never leaving their home, Self-Driving cars may just be the game-changer. Jay is joined by experts Dr.

  • Should the Students in Florida be Forced to Reveal their Mental Health History?

    Tuesday August 21st, 2018

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the number of depressive episodes in teenagers and young adults has risen dramatically in the last several years. In 2015, about 12.

  • Game, Set, Match: Inclusion On and Off the Court

    Thursday November 2nd, 2017

    This blog was contributed by Howard Blas, Director of National Ramah Tikvah Network.

  • America’s Got Talent Phenom Mandy Harvey to Perform at 2017 Ruderman Inclusion Summit!

    Tuesday October 10th, 2017

    Deaf singing sensation Mandy Harvey has just been announced as a speaker at this year’s Ruderman Inclusion Summit, November 19-20 in Boston, where she will also perform.

  • There Was Nothing to See—What Inclusion Looks Like

    Thursday August 31st, 2017

    There Was Nothing to See—What Inclusion Looks Like
     
    We talk a lot about how much work still needs to be done before we become a truly inclusive society.

  • Towards Better Policing: Interview with Boston’s Police Commissioner

    Wednesday August 23rd, 2017

    Since releasing our Ruderman White Paper on Media Coverage of Law Enforcement Use of Force and Disability, we at the Foundation find ourselves speaking out sadly frequently on the matter.

  • Ruderman White Paper on the Criminalization of Children with Non-Apparent Disabilities

    Wednesday August 23rd, 2017

    Transcript of Ruderman Podcast HERE
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    Overview
    Unlike people with visible or apparent disabilities, people with non-apparent disabilities often don’t receive the accommodations guar

  • Media coverage of law enforcement use of force and disability

    Wednesday August 23rd, 2017

    PDF version available for download here
    Text Only version available for download here
    For a searchable database of all 2013-2015 news coverage of police violence involving persons with disabilities,

  • Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    The partnership between the Ruderman Family Foundation and Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) produces programs that provide educational experiences and knowledge-tools for Israeli leaders an

  • Haifa University

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    The Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at Haifa University is the first and only Master’s program of its kind in Israel.

  • The Ruderman Journalist Mission

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    The Ruderman Journalist Mission leads a delegation of Israeli journalists who represent a variety of media outlets to New York for a week of educational tours about the history of the American Jewish

  • Leading Awareness

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    Leading Awareness is a program that works among diverse groups and audiences in Israeli society and the Israeli leadership.

  • National Ramah Commission

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    Inclusion Initiative:In 2015, the Ruderman Family Foundation partnered with the National Ramah Commission to promote inclusion within Ramah camps across the country.

  • Ministry of Labor and Welfare of Israel, Meitav Dash, and Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)-Tevet

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    EsekShaveh – Equal Business: Equal Business is an innovative program, which aims to promote professional andhigher education employment of people with disabilities in the business sector.

  • Jewish Community Center of the North Shore

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    Inclusion Camp and Early Childhood Education Program: In response to growing demands in the North Shore for more inclusive programing, the Ruderman Family Foundation and the JCC of the North Shore ha

  • Friendship Circle of Miami

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    Kulanu Circle Hebrew School: In line with its deep commitment to inclusive Jewish education, the Ruderman Family Foundation has partnered with the Friendship Circle of Miami to support Kulanu Circle H

  • Feurstein Institute

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    Hazon Partnership and Marriage Preparation Program:In 2013, the Ruderman Family Foundation and the Feuerstein Institute partnered to create the Hazon Partnership and Marriage Preparation Program.

  • Chabad Lubavitch

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    The Ruderman Chabad Inclusion Initiative:The Ruderman Chabad Inclusion Initiative (RCII) was established in 2015 in order to provide Chabad communities around the globe the education and resources th

  • Adaptive Sports New England

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    Northeast Youth and High School Inclusive Sports Project:  The Ruderman Family Foundation has partnered with Adaptive Sports New England to expand the Northeast Youth and High School Inclusive Sport

  • Ruderman Inclusion Summit

    Monday August 21st, 2017

    A biannual conference of international scope, bringing 1,000 people from around the world and across sectors to focus on inclusion in all facets of life.

  • Government of Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and Joint Council of Mechinot

    Sunday August 20th, 2017

    Inclusive Mechinot: The Ruderman Family Foundation partners with the Joint Council of Mechinot (Pre-Military Leadership Academies) to ensure the inclusion of young people with disabilities in pre-mil

  • Open Positions

    Thursday July 20th, 2017

    The Ruderman Family Foundation believes that inclusion and understanding of all people is essential to a fair and flourishing community.

  • Shira Ruderman

    Thursday July 20th, 2017

    Shira Ruderman
    Shira Ruderman is a professional philanthropist and social activist.

  • Sharon Shapiro

    Thursday July 20th, 2017

    Sharon Shapiro
    Trustee and Community Liaison
    Ruderman Family Foundation
     
    Mrs. Shapiro is a philanthropist, social activist and an advocate for social justice.

  • Galia Granot

    Thursday July 20th, 2017

    Galia is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience initiating, developing and running social impact programs with NGO’s and philanthropic foundations.

  • Rinat Kisin

    Wednesday July 19th, 2017

    Rinat is a Program Officer overseeing the work of LINK20, a leadership network for young disability advocates.

  • Yes It Is About Autism—The Discrimination Against Niko Boskovic

    Thursday May 18th, 2017

    At the end of last month, the story of Niko Boskovic started making the rounds in some outlets, like the Daily Mail and the Oregonian and got many social media users talking.

  • Approach

    Monday April 24th, 2017

    Grants
    We do not accept unsolicited grant proposals or other funding inquiries.

  • Inclusion Campaign By People with Disabilities Goes Viral! WATCH.

    Tuesday March 14th, 2017

    Even though people with disabilities make up about 20% of the world population, they still are one of the most marginalized groups across the world.

  • Disability on Valentine’s Day

    Tuesday February 14th, 2017

    This blog was written by Miriam Heyman, PhD. Program Officer at the Ruderman Family Foundation.
    We all know that the 14th of February is the infamous day of candy and flowers and love cards.

  • Shaping a New Generation of Ambassadors for Inclusion

    Thursday February 9th, 2017

    This piece was written by Gary Alpert, Program Director for Ambassadors for Inclusion.

  • DeVos appointment gets mix reaction

    Friday January 20th, 2017 - My Journal Courier

    ”‘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 unfa

  • Announcing the 2016 Ruderman Prize in Inclusion Winners!

    Monday December 5th, 2016

    The Ruderman Family Foundation has announced the winners of its fifth annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion, five grants totaling $250,000 awarded to companies and organizations that operate innovative

  • Say It Loud- Disabled and Proud!

    Tuesday July 19th, 2016

    Two weeks ago I awoke (uncharacteristically early) to attend the Second Annual Disability Pride Parade, marching from New York City’s Union Square to Madison Square Park.

  • The Motivation for Change Often Starts at Home- Even for US Senators

    Tuesday May 10th, 2016

    **Senator Tom Harkin is the 2015 recipient of the Morton E.

  • Digital Youth with Disabilities—the Theory vs. the Reality

    Tuesday May 3rd, 2016

    It’s almost not a hyperbole to say that we are constantly bombarded by news of technological advances.

  • Behold the Power of Sports

    Tuesday April 12th, 2016

    The Ruderman Family Foundation is dedicated to the inclusion of people with disabilities in society.

  • Ruderman-Chabad Inclusion Initiative goes global

    Tuesday February 23rd, 2016

    Rabbi Efraim Mintz, JLI Director, with former U.S.

  • Innovative and inclusive mikveh: Mayyim Hayyim

    Wednesday February 10th, 2016

    Mayyim Hayyim is a fully accessible Jewish ritual bath in Newton, Massachusetts.

  • Inclusion around the world – Colombia

    Tuesday November 17th, 2015

    Dayro Reyes Acosta (at left) with Special Olympian Loretta Claiborne
    Dayro Reyes Acosta, an international participant in the Ruderman Inclusion Summit held earlier this month, manages the Office for P

  • Building a Disability Inclusion Movement for the Next 25 Years

    Sunday November 1st, 2015

    By Jay Ruderman
    Almost all significant social change is affected by social movements.
    Social movements are a form of group action aimed at a specific social agenda.

  • Justice Richard Bernstein: “The answer is not legislation but full implementation of the ADA”

    Tuesday October 20th, 2015

    The Honorable Richard Bernstein serves as a Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court.

  • The Year Of Inclusion

    Thursday September 10th, 2015

    “Inclusion is no longer about looking at people with disabilities as a ‘them’; it’s about looking at our communities as a ‘we’, with every person having something to offer.

  • Building A Sanctuary

    Thursday August 27th, 2015

    By lighting the path for our children, making accommodations for special circumstances, being prepared for the unpredictable, and “making noise” within our communities, we will build a sanctuary t

  • 2015 Ruderman Prize In Inclusion Winners

    Tuesday August 18th, 2015

    Five organizations from Uruguay, the U.K., U.S. and Israel demonstrate how to implement inclusion and be leaders in the Jewish community.

  • Happy 25th Anniversary ADA! Will You Join The Party?

    Thursday July 30th, 2015

    One might think that religious communities, those models of hospitality and welcome, would be covered under the ADA. They are not.

  • Learning From Inclusion

    Tuesday July 28th, 2015

    In our 400th blog post, Sharon Shapiro, Foundation Trustee and Boston office director, reflects on the work of the foundation and how we are moving closer to our ultimate goal of fully including peopl

  • July 26th Is About…

    Thursday July 23rd, 2015

    25 years after ADA, persistent barriers to financial inclusion for people with disabilities remain.

  • Ambition, Dreams And Helping Others

    Tuesday July 14th, 2015

    Special ed. kids should be mainstreamed- they improve academically, socially and it builds their self-esteem. Every child should receive support for their dreams.

  • Ruderman Inclusion Summit

    Thursday July 9th, 2015

    The Ruderman Inclusion Summit will bring together all stakeholders in the disability and inclusion community in order to foster strategic advocacy and awareness, peer to peer learning, best practice a

  • Striving To Work

    Tuesday July 7th, 2015

    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 workp

  • Being Kind

    Thursday June 18th, 2015

    Being kind means embracing ALL families who have a child with a disability- not just those who are super stars or have been on TV.

  • ADA Is Not A One-Time Fix

    Thursday June 4th, 2015

    ADA compliance is not a one-time fix; it must be a continuous commitment from the top leadership to ensure that everyone who comes into a venue will be able to enjoy all aspects and programs provided

  • Justice For All

    Tuesday May 12th, 2015

    America can’t seem to imagine a world that is truly inclusive of citizens with disabilities.

  • Building A Full Life In The Jewish Community

    Thursday April 16th, 2015

    Benji and his family have worked hard to accomplish Benji’s goal of becoming a full participating member of the Jewish community. Here’s how it happened.

  • The True Voices Of Inclusion

    Tuesday April 14th, 2015

    For self-advocates with intellectual disabilities in Israel, being able to make a difference in their own lives, their community and in their country makes them the true voices of inclusion- and we mu

  • Leaving Behind The Disabled Vs. Abled Dichotomy

    Friday March 13th, 2015

    A Jewish Leadership Institute participant learns to focus on people’s strengths and talents instead of labeling people as ‘disabled’ vs. ‘abled.

  • Defining Inclusion

    Tuesday March 10th, 2015

    Defining inclusion is not a simple task. First you need to focus on and understand what inclusion is NOT.

  • The Favorite Student

    Tuesday February 24th, 2015

    Benji became Sam’s favorite bar mitzva student by demonstrating that everyone has ability. They just need someone to help them bring it forth.

  • The ADA: Unfulfilled Promises

    Thursday February 12th, 2015

    After 25 years of the ADA and many unfulfilled promises, what will it take to change the way Americans think about people with disabilities?

  • A Beautiful Conclusion

    Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

    By the end of camp, Josh had learned to self-advocate. A beautiful conclusion indeed.

  • We Are Souls

    Tuesday November 25th, 2014

    Building an inclusive congregation starts with education. We are all eternal, connected souls, shining brightly and have what to offer our community.

  • Homecoming

    Tuesday November 4th, 2014

    There’s no need for kings and queens- just a hotel filled with strong, self-confident and educated people.

  • Access to Web-Based Content: A Civil Right and a Human Right

    Thursday September 18th, 2014

    Equal access to web-based content and the resulting opportunities in education, socializing, employment and commerce is both a human and civil right.

  • Moving Towards A Mandate

    Tuesday September 16th, 2014

    We look forward to educating Orthodox Jewish leaders and community members about the how to better involve people with disabilities in our communities.

  • Say Yes

    Tuesday September 9th, 2014

    The congregations that do it right recognize that inclusion defines them, that it is part of who they are. Someday inclusion will just be.

  • Havdala- The Best Time Of The Week

    Thursday August 28th, 2014

    Each week, the Tikvah Havdala celebration provides perspective in how others deal with life’s challenges and celebrate accomplishments.

  • A Dream We Are ABLE To Enact At Last

    Thursday August 7th, 2014

    The ABLE Act is a necessary measure to ensure equality and independence for all Americans.

  • A Year of Hopeful Trends in the Inclusion World

    Thursday July 17th, 2014

    Let this be a summer of reflecting on our successes and moving forward to continue working together to create a more inclusive Jewish community.

  • 2014 Ruderman Prize In Inclusion Winners Announced

    Monday July 14th, 2014

    Five organizations from the U.S., Canada, Israel and Australia have won the 2014 Ruderman Prize in Inclusion.

  • Independence Day?

    Tuesday July 8th, 2014

    While we work for the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in major areas of life, such as economic security, employment, housing, education and religious life, let’s not lose sight of the very

  • The Beautiful Ones

    Thursday July 3rd, 2014

    Never underestimate yourself or others, strive to be the most you can be, live a fulfilling life, and show the world and the media that, despite our disabilities, we, too, are beautiful.

  • Is Ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Necessary for the U.S.?

    Thursday June 26th, 2014

    The United States needs to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities now.

  • Seven Outstanding Students Recognized by Rose Ruderman Scholarship Award

    Tuesday June 24th, 2014

    Seven exceptional students from Boston-area Orthodox Jewish schools received the Rose Ruderman Scholarship Award for their outstanding scholarship as well as their reliability, commitment to community

  • Inclusion’s Final Frontier: Socialization

    Tuesday June 17th, 2014

    Inclusion needs to be about more than just functional involvement in the activities of society. It must be about how we all reach out and include people in every aspect of our lives.

  • Opening The Doors

    Thursday May 29th, 2014

    Developing and sustaining successful inclusion programs will take passion, innovation, collaboration, relationships, engagement, funding and hard work.

  • Byadeinu Initiative

    Thursday May 15th, 2014

    Research shows that diversity of instructional materials and types of pedagogy is beneficial for all students, and is particularly important for students with special learning needs.

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