2015 Ruderman Inclusion Summit

Boston, Massachusetts
Sunday, November 01, 2015

Below is our current agenda. Please review before clicking on the I'M IN button below which will direct you to the Ruderman Inclusion Summit registration form. Sessions running live webcast are marked in RED.


Sunday, November 1

2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  Registration Desk Open
Attendee Concierge Desk Open

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Affinity Group Meetings (by Invitation Only)

Jewish Educator Convening: Arlene Remz

Self-Advocate Convening: Sharon Shapiro-Lacks
, Executive Director, Yad HaChazakah-The Jewish Disability Empowerment Center Inc.

Jean Judes, Executive Director, Beit Issie Shapiro

Synagogue Inclusion Convening: Betsy Closs

Jewish Funders Network ConveningRuthie Rotenberg, Director of Peer Networks and Special Projects, Jewish Funders Network

Diana Beth Samarasan, Founding Executive Director, Disability Rights Fund, Inc. and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund; Michael Stein, Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability; Tirza Leibowitz, Associate Director for Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Initiative, Open Society Foundations, Moderator

 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm   Networking Group Sessions New...Please Join Us! (Open to All)

Mental Illness as Disability
Technology and Disability
Inclusive Out-of-School-Time Programs
Parents, Siblings, and Loved Ones of People with Disabilities
Inclusion Consultants

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  Film Screenings by ReelAbilities and Mayyim Hayyim (Open to All)
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm   Welcome Reception
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm   Keynote Address – Senator Tom Harkin (Ret., D-IA) - CLICK HERE FOR LIVE WEBCAST!

  Opening Plenary – Ron Suskind

Monday, November 2

7:00 am – 6:00 pm   Registration Desk Open
Attendee Concierge Desk Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am   Networking Breakfast
8:45 am – 9:45 am   Morning Plenary – Robin Katcher, Senior Program Advisor, Management Assistance Group and Loretta Claiborne - CLICK HERE FOR LIVE WEBCAST!
LEARN ǀ Best Practice

10:00 am – 11:00 am


Concurrent Breakout Sessions 1

: Dana Keil, Director, Room on the Bench, Luria Academy; Tricia Lampron, Principal, Dr. William Henderson Inclusion Elementary School; Amanda Pogany, Head of School, Luria Academy; and Arlene Remz, Executive Director, Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. Alan Oliff, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Moderator.

: Tad Asbury, Vice President & Executive Director, Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities; Rick Laferriere, Lead Manager, Workforce Initiatives, CVS Health; Christine McCarthy, Director of Human Resources, Legal Sea Foods, LLC; Robbie Mikels, Graduate, Transitions to Work; Eric Niemi, Graduate, Transitions to Work. Elaine Katz, Senior Vice President of Grants and Communications, Kessler Foundation, Moderator.

Synagogue Inclusion
: Betsy Closs, Senior Director, Vulnerable Populations, Combined Jewish Philanthropies; Sarah Kranz-Ciment, Project Director, Ruderman Chabad Inclusion Initiative (RCII); Ed Frim, Inclusion Specialist, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; Rabbi Edie Mencher, URJ Faculty for Sacred and Caring Community, Coordinator URJ Ruderman Initiative on Disabilities Inclusion, Union for Reform Judaism. Matan Koch, Consultant, CJP Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project, Moderator.

Social (Youth): Howard Blas, Director, Tikvah Program, National Ramah Commission; and Mary Beth McMahon, President and CEO, Special Olympics of Massachusetts. Liz Offen, Director, New England Yachad, Moderator.

Housing: Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy, Bazelon Center; Steve Eidelman, Faculty Director, The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities; Stan Goldman, Program Director for Disabilities in the US and Israel, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation; and Avital Sandler-Loeff, Director, Israel Unlimited.

 11:00 am – 12:05 pm   Concurrent Breakout Sessions 2

Education: Post-Secondary Options
: Patric Barbieri, Executive Director, LABBB Collaborative; Glenn Gabbard, Coordinator, Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative, Massachusetts Executive Office of Education; Dawn Gross, Coordinator, Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Program, Middlesex Community College; Ann Guay, Parent of Brian Guay; Brian Guay, Student, Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Program, Middlesex Community College; and Dr. Hefziba Lifshitz, Head of the Otzmot Program, Bar Ilan University.

: Dr. Beverley Jacobson, Chief Executive, Kisharon; Dafna Maor, Head, Integration of People with Disabilities, Employment Ministry of Economy; Dana Marlowe, CEO, Accessibility Partners; Heather Sedlacko, Director, Programs for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities at United Way of Allegheny County; Jeremy Shapira, Senior Director and HR Business Partner, Market District and GetGo at Giant Eagle. Andy Imparato, Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Moderator.

Religious Inclusion: Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director, Mayyim Hayyim; and Sarah Meek, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Lutheran Services in America-Disability Network; and Fernanda Rocha. Rabbi William Hamilton, Congregation Kehillath Israel, Panelist & Moderator

Social (Adult)Rabbi Refael "Rafi" Feuerstein, President, Feuerstein Institute, Israel; Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, National Director, Yachad/NJCD; and Chava Willig Levy, Writer, Editor, Advocate and Lecturer.

Health Care: Ann Neumeyer, M.D., Medical Director, Lurie Center for Autism, Massachusetts General Hospital; Brian Skotko, M.D., M.P.P., Co-Director, Down Syndrome Program, MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Peter Greenspan, M.D., Vice Chair of Department of Pediatrics and Medical Director, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Moderator

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm   Lunch
Featured Speaker: The Honorable Richard Bernstein, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.
CONSIDER | Visionary Ideas
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Inclusion Talks: A series of TED-style talks - CLICK HERE FOR LIVE WEBCAST!

Dan Habib, Project Director and Filmmaker, Institute on Disability/UCED, University of New Hampshire

Jo Ann Simons, President and CEO, Cardinal Cushing Centers, Hanover, MA and Disability Advisor, Ruderman Family Foundation
Keith Jones, President and CEO, SoulTouchin’ Experiences

Haben GirmaStaff Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates

ENGAGE ǀ Strategic Advocacy
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm   Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Federal Policy
: Michael Morris, Executive Director, National Disability Institute; Sue Swenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education; Maria Town, Associate Director, White House’s Office of Public Engagement; Liz Weintraub, Advocacy Specialist, Association of University Centers on Disability; Arlene Kanter, Distinguished Professor of Law, Director, Disability Law and Policy Program, Syracuse University College of Law, Moderator.

Local Policy: Barbara L’Italien, Massachusetts State Senator; Tom Sannicandro, Massachusetts State Representative; and Carol Steinberg, Attorney, Solo Practitioner; Rachel Kaprielian, New England Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Moderator.

The Power of Language: Beverly Beckham, Columnist, Boston Globe; Ari Ne’eman, President Autistic Self Advocacy Network; Jay Ruderman, President, Ruderman Family Foundation; Laura Shumaker, Nationally recognized autism writer, speaker and advocate. Jacob Kamaras, Managing Director and Editor in Chief, Jewish News Service, Moderator.

The Impact of Film and Social Media to Create Change: Dan Habib, Project Director and Filmmaker, Institute on Disability/UCED, University of New Hampshire; Jason Harris, Founder, Spokesperson, Chief Idea Officer, Jason's Connection; and Melanie Perkins McLaughlin, Filmmaker, Project Productions.

Community Initiatives: Dianne Lescinskas, Project B.I.N.D. Director, Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester; Michelle Maffeo, Officer, Boston Police Department; and Jodie Elgee, Director of Boston Public Schools' Counseling and Intervention Center. Robert Trestan, ADL New England Regional Director, Moderator.
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm   Networking Break
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm   Closing Plenary – John Hockenberry - CLICK HERE FOR LIVE WEBCAST!

Tuesday, November 3

    Funders, Government Officials and International Guests: Please join us for site visits in Boston. Please email Galia Granot for additional information. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
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