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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
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 for people with intellectual disabilities strengthens their cognitive abilities, empowers them and contributes greatly to their self-worth and self-image.
An interview with the head of Bar-Ilan University’s Empowerment Program, which provides higher education opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
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.
By Guest Blogger Renee Rubin Ross Ph.D.
I graduated from the Academy Gold internship program! What an incredible summer it has been.
Do you think New York City can be the most accessible city in the world? That’s Victor Calise’s goal.
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.
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.
Jay meets SBSK founder Chris Ulmer at MIT, where he takes part in a unique program focusing on social justice in the digital age.
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.
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
While the push for diversity in the medical profession is bigger than ever before, disability is not included. Jay is joined by Dr.
While 20% of our society has a disability, less than 5% of actors on screen are disabled.
There is an epidemic of mental illness on college campuses across the country. Joined by Ruderman Family Foundation program officer, Dr.
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.
On this episode of All Inclusive, Jay is joined by Dr.
1 in 5 people in the U.S. has a disability, a large community that can lead progress and shatter the culture of ableism.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This blog was contributed by Howard Blas, Director of National Ramah Tikvah Network.
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
We talk a lot about how much work still needs to be done before we become a truly inclusive society.
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.
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Unlike people with visible or apparent disabilities, people with non-apparent disabilities often don’t receive the accommodations guar
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For a searchable database of all 2013-2015 news coverage of police violence involving persons with disabilities,
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
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 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 is a program that works among diverse groups and audiences in Israeli society and the Israeli leadership.
Inclusion Initiative:In 2015, the Ruderman Family Foundation partnered with the National Ramah Commission to promote inclusion within Ramah camps across the country.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
The Ruderman Family Foundation believes that inclusion and understanding of all people is essential to a fair and flourishing community.
Shira Ruderman is a professional philanthropist and social activist.
Trustee and Community Liaison
Ruderman Family Foundation
Mrs. Shapiro is a philanthropist, social activist and an advocate for social justice.
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 is a Program Officer overseeing the work of LINK20, a leadership network for young disability advocates.
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.
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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.
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.
This piece was written by Gary Alpert, Program Director for Ambassadors for Inclusion.
”‘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
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
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.
**Senator Tom Harkin is the 2015 recipient of the Morton E.
It’s almost not a hyperbole to say that we are constantly bombarded by news of technological advances.
The Ruderman Family Foundation is dedicated to the inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
Rabbi Efraim Mintz, JLI Director, with former U.S.
Mayyim Hayyim is a fully accessible Jewish ritual bath in Newton, Massachusetts.
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
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.
The Honorable Richard Bernstein serves as a Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court.
“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.
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
Five organizations from Uruguay, the U.K., U.S. and Israel demonstrate how to implement inclusion and be leaders in the Jewish community.
One might think that religious communities, those models of hospitality and welcome, would be covered under the ADA. They are not.
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
25 years after ADA, persistent barriers to financial inclusion for people with disabilities remain.
Special ed. kids should be mainstreamed- they improve academically, socially and it builds their self-esteem. Every child should receive support for their dreams.
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
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 means embracing ALL families who have a child with a disability- not just those who are super stars or have been on TV.
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
America can’t seem to imagine a world that is truly inclusive of citizens with disabilities.
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.
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
A Jewish Leadership Institute participant learns to focus on people’s strengths and talents instead of labeling people as ‘disabled’ vs. ‘abled.
Defining inclusion is not a simple task. First you need to focus on and understand what inclusion is NOT.
Benji became Sam’s favorite bar mitzva student by demonstrating that everyone has ability. They just need someone to help them bring it forth.
After 25 years of the ADA and many unfulfilled promises, what will it take to change the way Americans think about people with disabilities?
By the end of camp, Josh had learned to self-advocate. A beautiful conclusion indeed.
Building an inclusive congregation starts with education. We are all eternal, connected souls, shining brightly and have what to offer our community.
There’s no need for kings and queens- just a hotel filled with strong, self-confident and educated people.
Equal access to web-based content and the resulting opportunities in education, socializing, employment and commerce is both a human and civil right.
We look forward to educating Orthodox Jewish leaders and community members about the how to better involve people with disabilities in our communities.
The congregations that do it right recognize that inclusion defines them, that it is part of who they are. Someday inclusion will just be.
Each week, the Tikvah Havdala celebration provides perspective in how others deal with life’s challenges and celebrate accomplishments.
The ABLE Act is a necessary measure to ensure equality and independence for all Americans.
Let this be a summer of reflecting on our successes and moving forward to continue working together to create a more inclusive Jewish community.
Five organizations from the U.S., Canada, Israel and Australia have won the 2014 Ruderman Prize in Inclusion.
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
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.
The United States needs to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities now.
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 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.
Developing and sustaining successful inclusion programs will take passion, innovation, collaboration, relationships, engagement, funding and hard work.
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.