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Fix the DSP Crisis
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Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) support individuals with intellectual disability or autism in all aspects of their lives—from daily living tasks to their health to their social lives. As Renzo’s mother, Cheryl, says, “Every single need is dependent on the direct support professional.” …

A Better Future for People with Disability: The National Trust, The Hans Foundation, and Keystone Institute India host India’s first ever Social Role Valorization summit

Members of the National Trust, The Hans Foundation and Keystone Institute India pose for group photo

This week, Keystone Institute India, in partnership with the National Trust and The Hans Foundation, conducted an intensive three-day Social Role Valorization course for the first time ever in India. Forty-four participants, all established and emerging leaders in the disability movement, joined from 18 different states across the country, coming together to commit to promoting good possibilities for people with disability to have full, rich, meaningful lives. … Continue reading 

Is Self-Employment Right for You?

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When we as a society think about employment for people with disabilities, we rarely think about self-employment. In fact, in can be difficult for anyone’s family and friends to imagine their family member or friend as an entrepreneur. Yet self-employment can be a wonderful opportunity for people with disabilities. … Continue reading 

Jerome Williams Received the ANCOR 2016 Pennsylvania Direct Support Professional Award

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Jerome Williams, a direct support professional (DSP) for Keystone Human Services, received the Pennsylvania Direct Support Professional Award from ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources). This award is given annually to a DSP who has been exemplary in their service. For the past 27 years, Jerome has built trusting relationships with the people he supports and has been a strong advocate for people to live in the community and pursue their dreams. … Continue reading 

Keystone Human Services announces the planned retirement of Dennis Felty, Keystone’s Founding President and the appointment of Charles Hooker III as President-Elect

Charles Hooker III

Charles Hooker III

As part of the planned retirement of Dennis W. Felty, who has served as President of Keystone Human Services over the past 44 years, the KHS Board of Directors has engaged in an extensive executive succession process. As a result of this process, the Board is pleased to announce that Charles J. Hooker, III, Keystone’s Senior Vice President, was appointed as KHS President-Elect on January 26, 2016. Mr. Hooker will assume the role of Keystone’s President and Chief Executive Officer upon the transition of Mr. Felty to KHS Founding President in the Fall of 2016. … Continue reading 

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Leaders from The Hans Foundation Visit Harrisburg, PA to Further the Collaboration for an Inclusive Indian Society

Leaders from The Hans Foundation (THF) are visiting Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA from November 7-11. Shweta Rawat, Chairperson of The Hans Foundation; General Surinder Mehta, CEO; Dr. G.V. Rao, Executive Director; and Paul Glick, Grants Manager are visiting Keystone Human Services (KHS) as part of a planning retreat about our collaboration to advance the rights of people with disability in India. … Continue reading 

Charles Hooker III to Lead Keystone Human Services

Charles J. Hooker III has assumed the role of President & Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Human Services, effective November 1. Keystone Human Services is one of Pennsylvania’s largest and most well respected human services organizations, serving the needs of men, women and children with disabilities since 1972. … Continue reading 

Disabilities: Social and Financial Inclusion of Women and Girls

On September 19 Tamara Andries, a self advocate, and Ludmila Jalba, an advocate for people with disabilities, shared their stories during the Clinton Global Initiative. Both women have benefited from Keystone Human Services’ Commitment to Action, entitled “Disabilities: Social and Financial Inclusion for Women and Girls.” … Continue reading 

Keystone Human Services International and The Hans Foundation Collaborate to Create the Keystone Institute India to Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities

Keystone Human Services International, Harrisburg, PA, has begun a collaborative partnership with The Hans Foundation to strengthen the inclusion of people with disabilities in community life in India. This partnership establishes the Keystone Institute India, an educational institute on disability, community, and innovation. … Continue reading 

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