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Foundation Criticizes the Casting of Joaquin Phoenix as Quadriplegic John Callahan in new Gus Van Sant Film

The Ruderman Family Foundation, denounces the casting of Joaquin Phoenix to play John Callahan, a cartoonist with a disability, in the new Gus Van Sant film, ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ as offensive to the disability community. The decision once again overlooks the opportunity to cast actors with disabilities to play characters with disabilities.

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The new Ruderman Family Awards for Excellence in Reporting on Disability will recognize work done by large-market digital, broadcast and print media

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By using the word ‘retarded’ in the popular song, there is a real possibility that the word will be reinforced as part of our popular culture and inflict unnecessary harm on millions of people with intellectual disabilities,” says Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation

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There were 1400 advocates, professionals, activists, and other movers and shakers in the disability inclusion field at our 2017 Ruderman Inclusion Sum

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We uncover the extent to which children with mental illness and other invisible disabilities are criminalized in school settings, as well as the foster care settings. Unlike people with visible or apparent disabilities, people with non-apparent disabilities often don’t receive the accommodations guaranteed to them under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Foundation Director Shira Ruderman interviewed in Forbes: “I view awareness of disability as a big asset. Society is built out of many things.”

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Movie follows a pattern of Hollywood’s discrimination against actors with disabilities, with Director David Gordon Green stating no one else was even considered for the role of a character with disabilities.

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