New England Yachad, in partnership with The Ruderman Family Foundation Presents
The New England Inclusion Summit 2019:
Facing Isolation in Our Communities
הִנֵּה מַה טּוֹב וּמַה נָּעִים שֶׁבֶת אַחִים גַּם יָחַד
Behold how good and pleasant it is when all people live together as one

November 10th, 9:30am-6:30pm
The Campus @ 384 Harvard Street, Brookline


Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly being treated as public health priorities the world over and described as a global epidemic. This problem is compounded in the disability community, where there are additional obstacles and stigmas.

The New England Inclusion Summit 2019 is a one-day conference addressing social isolation and presenting models of inclusive social and recreational activities, for people of all abilities and all ages (kids, adults, seniors). New England Yachad in Partnership with The Ruderman Family Foundation is gathering community leaders, organizations, parents, individuals with disabilities, clergy, and professionals. Throughout the day, we will collectively identify roadblocks and solutions to reducing isolation and loneliness while creating friendships through social and recreational activities.

The dedicated speakers and panelists that we have brought together for the conference are experienced in the field of inclusion and advocates of change. We want to extend their insights to as many members of the larger community as possible by offering discounted conference tickets for those registering multiple people to attend. Registration for the full day New England Inclusion Summit, a catered kosher lunch, and all conference highlights is $65 per person, $50 for groups of two, and $40 for three or more attendees registering together.

The conference will culminate with a special performance by the Me2/Orchestra - Music for Mental Health sharing their music and their stories. We welcome you to join us in making this an aspiring, informed and moving day to remember.

Highlights Include:
  • Keynote speaker Dr. Ross Greene presenting; Inclusion Through Collaboration

    Dr. Greene will describe the underpinnings of his evidence-based Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model.
  • A Community Panel Discussion: Facing Isolation in Our Communities; Where are we today and what can we do to take it to the next level?

    Moderated by Liz Offen


    Josh Kraft – CEO of The Boys & Girls Club
    Jo Ann Simons – President and CEO of Northeast Arc
    Mary Beth McMahon – President of Special Olympics, United Sports
    Justice Richard Bernstein - Michigan Supreme Court
  • A Special Presentation by Mindy Scheier – CEO, Runway of Dreams;
  • Nine Break-Out sessions includes workshops, TED Style Talks, and panel discussions ranging on topics from Creating Change: Personal Narratives to Bullying in the Disability Community.
  • The Innovation Center featuring Microsoft Adaptive Technologies and Inclusive Activities;will be open during the conference for hands on demos of what’s new in the world of physical and digital accessibility, including adaptive gaming, Zumba, Krav Maga, and adaptive voting.
  • The Marketplace; Showcasing inclusion resources, gifts and books for sale, and partner information tables throughout the day.
  • Performance by The Me2/Orchestra – Music for Mental Health; the world’s only classical music organization created for individuals with mental illnesses and the people who support them.


November 10, 2019




The Campus

@384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446.


Dietary Laws will be observed.