Norwood Wins Inaugural Ruderman Prize in Disability

14 June 2012

Award Recognises the Best in Inclusive Opportunities for People with Disabilities.

Norwood has been selected to receive the 2012 Ruderman Prize in Disability from the Ruderman Family Foundation.

Ruderman Prizes, first awarded this year, will be presented annually to10 organisations that represent the best in inclusion and in promoting public awareness for Jews with disabilities in Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

"We are honoured to have been selected as the sole UK winner of one of The Ruderman Prizes in Disability, especially amongst so many worthy and distinguished organisations from all over the world. This award is significant as it will help to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion for people with disabilities, as well as showcasing the numerous innovative services Norwood provides for the many thousands of vulnerable children and adults we support. Despite the current unpredictable and challenging economic climate, Norwood has nevertheless continued to roll out many new and exciting projects across its services to ensure that the people we support are able to live fulfilling lives both within the Jewish community and the wider community." said Elaine Kerr, Norwood’s Chief Executive.

Norwood will receive a $20,000 grant to sustain its award-winning work. There were 150 applicants for the Ruderman Prize.

"Norwood delivers hope, inspiration, and opportunity to many with disabilities," said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation.

"Norwood fully exemplifies what the Ruderman Family Foundation looks for when choosing an organization worthy of a Ruderman Prize – and what we look for when choosing a mission we believe strongly in supporting."

The mission of the Ruderman Family Foundation is two-fold: Promoting the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the Jewish community through meaningful programs and public awareness and in fostering cooperation and a stronger relationship between Israel and the U.S. Jewish community.