The Ruderman Family Foundation announce in an email to supporters today that acclaimed filmmakers Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly as the recipients of the Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion in recognition of their advocacy for the inclusive and authentic representation of people with disabilities in the entertainment industry.
Together, the Farrelly Brothers, who were raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island, have made eleven films, including Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, Hall Pass, Me, Myself, & Irene, Shallow Hal, Stuck on You, Osmosis JOnes, There’s Something About Mary, Fever Pitch, The Heartbreak Kid, The Three Stooges, and Dumb and Dumber To.
In their taped response, the Farrelly brothers said “We are honored to receive the 2019 Morton E. Ruderman award. For us to be associated with the work of the Ruderman Family Foundation is a great honor and we thank them for their tireless work to create a more inclusive society.”
“Despite its immense potential for leadership in inclusion, social justice and civil rights, Hollywood has for far too long left disability out of the conversation about diversity. But change makers like the Farrelly brothers are indispensable players in efforts to shift the conversation,” said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation.
To watch their award announcement video, click here.
The award, now in its sixth year, was named after Morton E. Ruderman, a founder of the Ruderman Family Foundation. A successful entrepreneur, mentor and proud family man, he saw his success as the result of help he received from others and was therefore passionate about providing opportunities for others — including assisting many people in becoming independent and successful in business. In previous years, the award has gone to advocates from several societal sectors, including decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, the driving force behind the Americans with Disability Act and United States Senator Tom Harkin, disability self-advocate Ari Ne’eman and Harvard Professor Dr. Michael Stein.