Ruderman Prize in Disability Launched

The Ruderman Family Foundation has announced the establishment of the Ruderman Prize in Disability, awarding $200,000 to excellence and innovation in programs that foster full inclusion for people with special needs
A rolled up certificate for an award


The official announcement of the new prize was made by Foundation President Jay Ruderman in New York City on December 6, 2011, at ADVANCE 2011: The Ruderman Jewish Special Needs Conference


The Ruderman Prize is an international competition open to organizations around the world, including Israel, that provide services to the disabled. The $200,000 prize will be divided among up to ten award recipients.


The conference, which was established by the Ruderman Family Foundation in 2010, brings together Jewish funders of disability services with the intent of creating a common dialogue and strategy.  This year the conference featured an address by Academy Award-winning actress and activist Marlee Matlin Children of a Lesser God, a champion of the rights of people with disabilities, former Social Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog, and Timothy Shriver, Chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics.


American philanthropist Jay Ruderman, who made aliyah with his family 6 years ago, has led the Foundation in initiating important development and successful partnerships in the Israeli social welfare arena. Among the organizations that he and his wife Shira Ruderman are involved in are Access Israel, Kesher, Kamah, Wings of Krembo, Shalhevet, and Keren Isef.


"This new initiative will empower organizations with the most innovative and creative programs and give them the funding to run forward and make a real change," said Jay Ruderman.  "Standing still while our brothers and sisters with disabilities are shut out of opportunities is simply not an option. We will continue to champion for full inclusion of the disabled in society and equal opportunities for all."


The application form for the awards will be available at starting December 6th and applications will be due on March 15, 2012.  Award winners will be announced in June. 


The Ruderman Family Foundation is dedicated to supporting the challenged in society by focusing on individuals with disabilities in the Jewish community, and in improving Israel-Diaspora relations.

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