“It is the largest minority in the world whose rights have not been realized. There is a vacuum in the philanthropic world on this issue and we can take a leadership role to make change.”
— Jay Ruderman, President, Ruderman Family Foundation on people with disabilities

Jay Ruderman awards Michael Stein, J.D., the first Ruderman Award. Photo by Niv Shank.

Jay Ruderman awards Michael Stein, J.D., the first Ruderman Award. Photo by Niv Shank.

A long-running and all-too familiar conundrum at the heart of the disability community is that the term “disability community” is at best a misnomer and at worst a grand delusion. There is no disability community, really, or only in the vaguest terms. The vast majority of disability groups — the National MS Society (not to be confused with the Nancy Davis Foundation for MS), the Reeve Foundation, the American Foundation for the Blind, and so on — have a single agenda and guard it like a mother hen. They are more li