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2017 Ruderman Inclusion Summit Highlights

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.

 

 

 

The feature image shows the entire Foundation staff as well as the Ruderman family posing with Deaf singer/songwriter and finalist of America’s Got Talent, Mandy Harvey. We are all signing “I love you”.

 

 

 

 

Jay and Shira Ruderman pose with Mandy Harvey in front of a wall of Ruderman logos.

Jay and Shira Ruderman pose with Deaf singer/songwriter and finalist of America’s Got Talent, Mandy Harvey.

 

Danny Woodburn stands at a podium with a smile. The Ruderman Summit logo is on the podium.

Danny Woodburn kept the audience laughing as emcee.

 

Nyle smiling at a phone next to a fan. A dozen people are milling about in the background.

Deaf actor, model and activist Nyle DiMarco taking selfies with fans.

 

Congressman Jim Langevin sitting in his wheelchair, discussing Congressman Gregg Harper on the Summit stage.

The Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Disability Caucus, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS) opened the first night’s plenary.

 

Marlee Matlin signing behind the Inclusion Summit podium.

Academy Award Winner Marlee Matlin closed the opening night with a moving speech on inclusion.

Maggie Hassan sitting opposite Norman Ornstein on the Summit stage.

Norman Ornstein interviews Senator Maggie Hassan at the morning plenary.

Joyce Banda behind the Summit Podium, giving a speech.

Dr. Joyce Banda, the former President of Malawi gave the final keynote on the last night to roaring applause. Followed shortly by a performance by Mandy Harvey.

 

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