Ruderman Foundation honors Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps (photo credit: RUDERMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION)
Michael Phelps
The Ruderman Family Foundation, an international leader in disability inclusion, has announced that Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer of all time, is the recipient of its Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion, in recognition of his advocacy for people with disabilities and the sharing of his own journey with mental health.
In sharing his personal story with the world, Phelps has demonstrated the importance of taking care of oneself and accessing help when needed, according to the foundation, which works to integrate people with disabilities into society, both in Israel and the US.
“The Ruderman Family Foundation is proud to recognize Michael Phelps with the Morton E. Ruderman Award.  Michael has shined a national spotlight on mental health and is helping to eradicate shame and stigma from our society.  He has changed the landscape of mental health awareness, and we look forward to working with Michael to create a world in which everyone feels comfortable sharing their stories,” said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation.
“I am honored to receive the Morton E. Ruderman Award. Thank you to the Ruderman Family Foundation for this tremendous recognition,” said Phelps.  “I applaud the Ruderman Family Foundation on their continued efforts to help eliminate the shame and stigma that surrounds mental illness. Together, we can normalize the mental health conversation and recognize the potential in every person, with or without mental illness, to contribute to our world in their own unique way.”