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Keystone Human Services is partnering with Inclusion International to launch an innovative project to empower Direct Support Professionals to fully step into their role as advocates for inclusion. We are spending the next year incorporating the Listen Include Respect global guidelines into our work. We will explore how these international standards for inclusion and meaningful participation of people with intellectual disability can impact an organization that provides direct support.

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Keystone Human Services is partnering with Inclusion International to launch an innovative project to empower Direct Support Professionals to fully step into their role as advocates for inclusion. We are spending the next year incorporating the Listen Include Respect global guidelines into our work. We will explore how these international standards for inclusion and meaningful participation of people with intellectual disability can impact an organization that provides direct support.

DSPs Are Essential to the Global Advocacy Movement

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) work alongside people with disability every day. They provide valuable support for people to be included in society and fully participate at home, school, work, and in the community.

Their work depends on an understanding of human rights. DSPs are essential advocates and partners with people with disability to prevent exclusion and discrimination, and encourage and support people to make decisions, participate in the community, and control their own lives.

DSPs are part of the global advocacy movement, working alongside people with disability as they advocate for inclusion and respect.

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Respect

Listen Include Respect is a set of global guidelines developed by Inclusion International and Down Syndrome International, with support from self-advocate leaders around the world. These guidelines are designed to help organizations in all sectors to ensure their work is inclusive so people with intellectual disability can fully participate.

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KHS Listen Include Respect Pilot Project VISION STATEMENT

In partnership with self-advocates, we strengthen our knowledge and understanding of disability rights. We recognize that support work is an essential resource for advocacy, inclusion, and the advancement of an everyday life. All employees and volunteers at KHS listen to, include, and respect the rights of people accepting supports. People accepting supports from KHS are the experts in their own lives.

man and woman looking at the cell phone

KHS Listen Include Respect Pilot Project VISION STATEMENT

In partnership with self-advocates, we strengthen our knowledge and understanding of disability rights. We recognize that support work is an essential resource for advocacy,j inclusion, and the advancement of an everyday life. All employees and volunteers at KHS listen to, include, and respect the rights of people accepting supports. People accepting supports from KHS are the experts in their own lives.

Building on Key Ideas

Our work in the coming year builds on the ideas started at the inaugural June Summit in 2019, where we discussed the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). You can revisit those ideas through the international panelists’ personal perspectives and stories on inclusion, deinstitutionalization, and human rights.

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