Arie Rimmerman

Arie RimmermanInternational Programs Senior Fellow, Ph.D./D.S.W.

Arie Rimmermanthe Richard Crossman Chair for Social Welfare & Planning and distinguished faculty member in the School of Social Work, Social Welfare and Health Studies at the University of Haifa in Israel, has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.

The BBI Senior International Fellows program is for outstanding participants to collaborate with BBI researchers and to foster the interdisciplinary study and application of disability law and policy as it relates to the advancement of the social and economic independence of people with disabilities. “We are extremely honored to have Professor Rimmerman join us at BBI to collaborate in writing opportunities, and research grants on the interpretation and development of public policy and law related to persons with disabilities and their families,” says Syracuse University Professor and BBI Chairman Peter Blanck.

Rimmerman is an internationally known researcher in the areas of intellectual disabilities and disability studies. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters in Israel, Australia, Europe and the United States.  He is the author of three recent books by Cambridge University Press, Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities (2013), Family Policy and Disability (2015) and Disability and Community Living Policies (2017).

Rimmerman is the Founder of the Israeli Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, Rimmerman established graduate studies in this area in Israeli universities. Aside from his scientific contributions, he served as an advisor to ministers of labor and welfare, the ministries of defense and justice, and leads public committees related to people with developmental disabilities, veterans with disabilities and people with work-related disabilities. He is a recipient of a Fulbright Doctoral Student Fellowship (1979), the Lehman Award (1987), the William Trump Award (1998), the International Award of the American Association on Mental Retardation (1999) and the Burton Blatt Distinguished Leadership Award (2006).

Rimmerman holds a B.S.W. from the Tel Aviv University School of Social Work, an M.A. from the School of Social Work at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, and a Ph.D./D.S.W. from the School of Social Work at Adelphi University/Brandeis University.


Arie Rimmerman, Disability and Community Living Policies, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Arie Rimmerman, Family Policy and Disability, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Arie Rimmerman, Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Other publications by Dr. Rimmerman

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