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Richard Crossman Professor of Social Welfare & Social Planning



Arie Rimmerman, is Richard Crossman Professor of Social Welfare and Social Planning and the founder Dean of Social Welfare and Health Sciences the University of Haifa, Israel. He has been a distinguished Professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communication, Syracuse University, and lectured also at Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, and Charles University, Prague. He has published seven books and about 150 peer-reviewed articles and research reports in Israel, Australia, Europe and the United States. His new book Social Inclusion and People with Disabilities: National and International Perspectives by Cambridge University provides in depth analysis of the roots of social exclusion of people with disabilities and preferable policies toward their social inclusion.  

Aside from his scientific contributions, he has served as an advisor to Ministers of Labor and Welfare and several public committees on disabilities in Israel (NII, Commission on Disability Right, Committee of International Experts, Central Bureau of Statistics) Europe and the US. He is the recipient of the Lehman Award (1987), Fulbright Doctoral Student Fellowship (1979), the William Trump Award (1998), the International Award of the American Association on Mental Retardation (1999) and the Burton Blatt Distinguished Leadership Award (2006).

 A New Book By Prof. Rimmerman!

Selected Publications:

·         Rimmerman, A. & Araten-Bergman, T. (2009) Employment and Social Participation among Israelis with Disabilities Journal of Social Work Disability and Rehabilitation. 8, 132-145

·         Rimmerman, A & Herr, S.S. (2004). A The power of the powerless: A study of the 2000’s disability strike in Israel Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 15(1), 12-18.

·         Rimmerman, A., & Raif, R. (2001) Involvement with and role perception toward adult siblings with and without mental retardation Journal of Rehabilitation, 67(2), 11-16.

·         Rimmerman, A. (1998) Factors relating to attitudes of Israeli corporate executives toward the employability of persons with intellectual disability Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 23, 245-254.

·         Rimmerman, A., Levy, J. M., Levy, P. H., & Botuck, S. (1995) Predicting the likelihood of job-placement: A short time perspective Journal of Rehabilitation, 61(1), 50-54.

·         Rimmerman, A. (1989) The provision of respite care for children with developmental disability: Changes in maternal coping and stress over time Mental Retardation, 27(2), 99-103.


A Selected Research Grant

United States -Israel Bi-national Science Foundation


Employers’ Hiring Behavior of People with Disabilities and the Theory of Planned Behavior (2009-2013).


Prof. Arie Rimmerman

Dr. Bin Chen

Dr. Brigida Hernandez

Dr. Tal Araten Bergman


Employment is a defining feature of human existence and has strong ties with economic well-being, identity formation, and self-esteem. However, for the disability community, obtaining employment has been a major obstacle, with employment rates indicating that most people with disabilities are not employed. To date, research targeting this global problem has focused primarily on negative employer attitudes towards people with disabilities and their capacity. However, attitude measures have been criticized for not being predictive of behavior and little is known about the components affecting the decision-making process of employers. The Theory of Planned Behavior may be a fruitful framework for understanding the sociological and psychological components affecting employers’ intention to hire people with disabilities, and the relationship between behavioral intentions and actual hiring behavior.

Thus, the proposed research has two main objectives: First, this study will adapt the Theory of Planned Behavior to employers and their decision-making processes of hiring people with disabilities. In order to better understand these decision-making processes, focus groups will be held in the United States and Israel to identify comparable indicators of hiring behavior. Second, once the theoretical framework is adapted, a research instrument will be developed in order to test the framework with approximately 200 employers in the United States and Israel (100 per country), using guidelines set forth by Ajzen (2002). With a focus on behavioral intent and behavior, we will likely obtain data that more accurately reflect employers’ stances toward workers with disabilities. Such data may help inform programs and policies that are needed to help address the employment struggles experienced by the disability community and assist both the Israeli and American societies in their struggles to combat discrimination.

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