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A Better Life at Home

Rich, Derek, and Lester have found a place to call home. After spending over 30 years living in Southbury Training School, a residential facility in Connecticut, they left in April 2018 with support from Key Human Services.
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Allentown’s Luz Diaz-Vincent wins the PAR 2018 “We Are Worth It” Northeast Region Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

Keystone Human Services (KHS) announced that Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) selected Luz Diaz-Vincent as the 2018 "We Are Worth It" winner of the Northeast Region Direct Support Professional of the Year Award.
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Fund the Perfect Match on #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday on November 27, Susquehanna Service Dogs is looking to raise $30,000 to fund the perfect match between a person and their service dog. These dogs are life-changing. As one woman recently paired with her service dog said, "You've given me a lifeline to the world." You can help make that kind of difference...
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Capital Area Head Start Celebrates 30 Years

Capital Area Head Start is celebrating its 30th anniversary of supporting children and families in the community. CAHS now supports 1,150 children and families to be successful in school, pursue their goals, and get a head start in life. Like CAHS on Facebook to learn 30 facts about their 30-year history.
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Susquehanna Service Dogs Places 9 New Assistance Dogs

Nine people are now working with their new assistance dogs. Susquehanna Service Dogs recently placed four service dogs, one hearing dog, three facility dogs, and one owner trained service dog. Each dog was individually trained for their partner, and each person spent two and a half weeks learning how to work with their dog. Visit...
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Suicide Prevention

Help, healing, and hope can happen. If you or someone you know is in crisis and is contemplating suicide, please know that help is available. You are not alone. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and #BeThe1To save a life: 1-800-273-8255. You can find more resources at BeThe1To.com and SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.
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The Family Dynamics of Life Sharing

Life Sharing brings families and people with disabilities together to form a new family. Sunday Zarko, Life Sharing Service Director and the chairperson of the Pennsylvania Life Sharing Coalition Conference Committee, discusses how important that family dynamic is in people's lives. The 6th Annual Life Sharing Conference is on October 15-16.
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Recent Social Role Valorization Graduates

A group of learners recently attended a three-day workshop on Social Role Valorization, held by the Keystone Institute. They examined the devaluation of people with disability and how valued roles can increase the likelihood that a person will have access to the good things in life. "This workshop opened my eyes and deepened my understanding...
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Respecting Choices

We respect each person's right to make choices in their own lives, whether it's the color of the walls in their home or the people who are supporting them. Direct Support Professionals play an important role in supporting those choices.
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Capital Area Head Start Teachers Think Outside the Box

Let your creativity shine as a Capital Area Head Start teacher! Head Start teachers have the opportunity to be creative with lesson plans and help students and parents get excited about learning. Watch the video of teacher Kelli Still as she shares her experience as a teacher.
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