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2017 Ruderman Inclusion Summit Highlights

There were 1400 advocates, professionals, activists, and other movers and shakers in the disability inclusion field at our 2017 Ruderman Inclusion Summit. Here are a few highlights of the two jam-packed, productive days. Let’s keep the Inclusion Revolution going.

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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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While 20% of the U.S. population has a disability, fewer than 2% of all television characters do. Additionally, our Ruderman White Paper…

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It seems our society generally dismisses people with disabilities as incapable of contributing to the overall fabric of our culture. When it comes to people with developmental or intellectual disabilities (IDD), several states dismiss them to the extent that they are not granted the right to vote like all other U.S. citizens.

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Ruderman Family Foundation calls on Hollywood to end the disturbing practice of casting actors without visible disabilities to play characters with di

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"There is an acute health crisis happening among members of the youngest generation of Americans, with critical imp… https://t.co/Gzsh5mzwjZ

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#Israeli President honors #SpecialEducation teachers @PresidentRuvi #Disability https://t.co/BQ8MJm5zpC

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