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Dr. Miriam Heyman 

Dr. Miriam Heyman is the Chief Inclusion Officer at the Ruderman Family Foundation, where she is responsible for the development and oversight of disability inclusion programs. She began her career as a Special Education Teacher in the New York City Public Schools, and while teaching she earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the City University of New York. Miriam received a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College, where she focused her studies on individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Miriam is passionate about working towards inclusion in all settings and throughout the life span. She has published research findings related to employment and the well being of people with disabilities in several journals, including the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, Early Child Development and Care, and the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. Miriam is also an adjunct faculty member at Boston College, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate psychology courses.