A Framework for Inclusion

Although the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) entered into force in 2008, offering protection for the civil, cultural, economic, political, and social rights of people with disability, many throughout the world still face barriers and discrimination that make it difficult, if not impossible, to participate equally in society. The CRPD, along with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), call for a more inclusive world and a better, more sustainable future. Inclusion and disability rights are irrevocably linked to the international community’s approach to development. If we truly want to ensure that no one is left behind, we must work together to create enabling environments that equally include people with disability in all aspects of society.

Since 1972, Keystone Human Services has been providing inclusive services and supporting people with disability to direct the course of their lives. We provide consultation, particularly in the form of partnership, collaboration, and education, to organizations and government entities seeking to end institutionalization, establish sustainable and inclusive community-based services, and incorporate disability inclusion in policy and legislative frameworks.

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Contact us to start a partnership:

Global Headquarters
Keystone Human Services
4391 Sturbridge Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110 United States
Phone: +1 717-740-2921
Email: [email protected]

Central and Eastern Europe/Central Asia
Keystone Moldova
20, Sf. Gheorghe Street
MD-2001, Chisinau, Moldova
Phone: +373 22 929411
Email: [email protected]

India
Keystone Institute India
B-6/22, First Floor, Safdarjung Enclave,
New Delhi, India 110029
Phone: +91 11 49053452

Developmental Disability in Tajikistan
Development of Community-Based Services
Inclusive Education
Involvement in the United Nations

Keystone Human Services International, Keystone Autism Services, and Keystone Moldova collaborated to provide consultation to a Tajikistan parent advocacy group on supporting young adults with autism and other developmental disability to live and work in the community. Through two 2-hour webinars with the parent advocacy network, we explored vocational training, job opportunities, and supported employment, as well as deinstitutionalization, supported and independent living approaches, and alternatives to institutionalization.

We offer support and technical assistance to governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, international development organizations, and other stakeholders looking to end institutionalization, develop sustainable community-based services, and contribute to a more inclusive society that recognizes the rights of people with disability. In addition to developing the legal framework for new services, we provide support to evaluate the needs of children, adults, and families and connect people to existing resources and natural supports.

We have provided consultation and technical assistance in Azerbaijan, Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia, and the United States supporting local and national governments to reform their systems of care for people with disability, and local NGOs to implement inclusive, community-based services.

Inclusive education is a key part of transforming systems to include everyone. Keystone Human Services provides consultation to governments, schools, educators, and other professionals to develop the framework and implement inclusive education so students with disability are included in typical classrooms with nondisabled students. Our work focuses on all aspects of building an inclusive education system, including increasing the capacity of local public authorities, schools and educators to develop and adapt rich curricula and an accessible environment, increasing students’ access to support services within the education system, and providing education to parents of students with and without disability about the benefits of inclusive education.

Since 2014, Keystone Human Services International (KHSI) has had special consultative status with the United Nations, which allows the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to seek expert information or advice from KHSI and gives us the opportunity to participate in events, conferences, and activities of the United Nations.

A major focus of the United Nations are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calling for a more inclusive world and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to protect the rights of people with disability and end institutionalization. Disability is part of the human experience, and we recognize that developing and transforming the world is directly linked to disability rights and inclusion for all people.

We are pleased to have this opportunity through our special consultative status to participate in UN activities and continue to promote inclusion for all people across the globe.

Read our contribution (page 166-167) to the EOCSOC statement for the July 2020 High Level Political Forum of the UN.

Learn more about our side events at COSP 10, COSP11, COSP12, and COSP13.

Create Inclusive Communities. Build a Better World. Change Lives. Learn more about Keystone Human Services.