Announcing the 2016 Ruderman Best in Business Award Winners
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Announcing the 2016 Ruderman Best in Business Award Winners

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer directs Jewish Learning Venture’s Whole Community Inclusion which fosters inclusion of people with disabilities through the Philadelphia Jewish community. She loves writing/editing for “The New Normal” and for WHYY’s newsworks. Her latest book The Little Gate Crasher is a memoir of her Great-Uncle Mace Bugen, a self-made millionaire and celebrity selfie-artist who was 43 inches tall and was chosen for this year’s Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month Book Selections. She’s recently shared an ELI Talk on Standing With Families Raising Kids With Disabilities and has released a journal designed for special needs parents.

For the second year, the Ruderman Family Foundation has partnered with The Jewish Week Media Group to select exemplary companies that train, hire and support employees with disabilities for the Ruderman Best in Business Award.

Starting at the end of March 2016, we embarked on a social media campaign to solicit nominees for companies across America that train, support and hire people with disabilities. Over an eight-week period, nominations came in from employers, advocates, customers and people with disabilities, explaining why their nominee should receive this honor.

This year marked the second year of the award, highlighting businesses selected through a national nomination and review process by judges from the business and disability communities, including Richard E. Marriott, Chairman of Host Hotels & Resorts and the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities. The Ruderman Best in Business initiative, in partnership with The Jewish Week Media Group, has raised awareness about the benefits of inclusive hiring for both employees and employers.

The eighteen companies are profiled here. There stories capture the win-win of better employee retention and overall improved bottom line for the companies—while giving people who often struggle to find jobs the opportunity for meaningful productive careers.

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