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Entertainment Ruderman Family Foundation Gives $1 Million Grant To Film Academy To Advance Inclusion Of People With Disabilities

00:55  21 april  2021
00:55  21 april  2021 Source:   deadline.com

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The Ruderman Family Foundation (RFF) has put $ 1 million towards the establishment of a partnership with Chabad-Lubavitch in order to create a culture of inclusion for people with disabilities within some 4,200 Jewish communities worldwide. The partnership between the RFF and Chabad Ruderman , a passionate advocate of inclusion , says the decision to partner with Chabad was clear: “With emissaries in virtually every Jewish community across the globe, Chabad represents one of the most extensive and influential outreach efforts in the Jewish world.” The grant — to date the largest

When it comes to the conversation of diversity and inclusion in Hollywood, representation of the disabled community is becoming more and more front and center. Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer has joined the Ruderman Family Foundation to call on the film and TV industry to increase the casting of people with disabilities — this includes “All of these communities of people had to endure not only their stories being told inauthentically, but also seeing themselves portrayed inauthentically,” said Spencer. “But nothing can replace lived experience and authentic representation.

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EXCLUSIVE: In advance of Sunday’s Oscars, the Ruderman Family Foundation has given a $1 million grant to the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to advance its diversity and inclusion efforts with respect to people with disabilities. The Ruderman Foundation is one of the nation’s leading advocates for the disabled – and for many years, one of the harshest critics of Hollywood’s portrayal of people with disabilities.

The grant will support three main avenues of diversity and inclusion across the Academy’s activities, programming and educational services. These include inclusion and accessibility initiatives at the new Academy Museum; support for an Academy Film Archive cataloging project for scholars and researchers; and additional funding for the Academy Gold Rising, an internship program for college-age students and emerging professionals from communities underrepresented in the film industry.

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The Ruderman Family Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation established in 2002 in Boston, USA, managed by the Ruderman family . The foundation operates in America and in Israel in two main areas: inclusion of people with disabilities in society and strengthening the relationship The Ruderman white paper received international attention for bringing this issue to light and hopes to start a larger dialogue about the need for greater law enforcement training when it comes to interacting with people with disabilities . The study was covered by media outlets including NBC News,[2] Al

Additionally, the foundation is awarding the seal, which is given to those projects that demonstrate a commitment toward authentic representation of people with disabilities by featuring actors with disabilities in a speaking role with at least five lines, to two films : “Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie “With each and every authentic casting decision, Hollywood takes another crucial step toward fulfilling its true and long-unrealized potential as a beacon of inclusion and diversity in all its forms,” said Jay Ruderman , president of the Ruderman Family Foundation . “The latest recipients of the Seal of

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Content and accessibility services will be funded at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is scheduled to open in September. The content will include public programs and a regular film screening series of works made by and about people with disabilities or which document the perspectives of those living with disabilities. The museum’s accessibility offerings will include year-round programs and visitor experiences to ensure participation from visitors of all abilities, including an American Sign Language tour on the museum app, and increased accessibility to the museum’s website and mobile app.

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The Ruderman Family Foundation believes that inclusion and understanding of all people is essential to a fair and flourishing community. Guided by our Jewish values, we support effective programs, innovative partnerships and a dynamic approach to philanthropy in our core area of interest: advocating for and advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities in our society. The Foundation provides funding , leadership, expertise and insight in both the U.S. and Israel, with offices in both countries.

Ruderman Family Foundation is the premier partner of Inclusion in “Variety's 2019 Inclusion Summit. "This is the ideal forum for an overdue elevated conversation about the authentic casting of people with disabilities in the entertainment industry.” Broadway actress Ali Stroker made history by becoming the first actor in a wheelchair to win theater’s biggest honor, dedicating her win to kids with disabilities .

“The Ruderman Family Foundation’s generous support will help continue and expand important Academy initiatives aimed at increasing inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the filmmaking industry,” said Christine Simmons, the Academy’s chief operating officer. “By working together, we can create more opportunities to amplify the voices of people with disabilities, share their stories and increase inclusion both in front of and behind the camera.”

“We are grateful to the Ruderman Family Foundation for making the Academy Museum a part of its indispensable mission of promoting inclusion, visibility, and accurate representation of people with disabilities,” said Bill Kramer, the director and president of the Academy Museum. “It’s crucial to us that the Museum be welcoming and accessible to all, in everything from the services we provide the public to the programs and film screenings we offer. With the help of this generous and far-sighted grant, we are advancing toward that goal.”

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Additionally, the foundation is awarding the seal, which is given to those projects that demonstrate a commitment toward authentic representation of people with disabilities by featuring actors with disabilities in a speaking role with at least five lines, to two films : “Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie “With each and every authentic casting decision, Hollywood takes another crucial step toward fulfilling its true and long-unrealized potential as a beacon of inclusion and diversity in all its forms,” said Jay Ruderman , president of the Ruderman Family Foundation . “The latest recipients of the Seal of

The Ruderman Family Foundation recognized five companies and organizations that run programs to foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities . The foundation on Wednesday announced the winners of its fifth annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion , which awards five grants totaling 0,000 Egalite, an online employment platform for people with disabilities to connect with companies and find jobs. The Media Access Awards, an annual award ceremony in Los Angeles that honors depictions of disability in film , television and new media. Sozialhelden e.V., a German-based nonprofit that works

“We are proud to commit $1 million to spark progress toward the goal of creating a more inclusive landscape in entertainment that champions diversity in all its forms, including people with disabilities,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the foundation. “This ambitious partnership promises to move Hollywood a significant step closer to the day when authentic representation and ample opportunities for actors with disabilities are the industry norms.”

Last September, when the Academy issued new inclusion standards for Oscar eligibility in the Best Picture category, people with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing, were included in seven different qualifying categories.

The $1 million grant marks the latest partnership between the Ruderman Foundation and the Academy, which includes its support for the Gold Rising program to ensure that aspiring young filmmakers with disabilities and from other diverse communities are afforded opportunities in the entertainment industry, and support for the Academy’s many public programs.

In recent years, the Ruderman Foundation has campaigned to bring about greater inclusion and authentic representation in Hollywood. NBCUniversal has adopted the its guidelines to open auditions to actors with disabilities for each of its new film and television productions, and CBS Entertainment has made a similar commitment.

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