With a deep sense of responsibility, we are establishing the Keystone Institute India (KII) and beginning a process of capacity building, education, and sharing. After over a year of exploration and discernment, Keystone Human Services International 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 an educational institute on disability, community, and innovation.
This national institute will provide training and consultation related to the creation of responsive community supports for men, women, and children living in India with a disability. It will also focus on supporting individualized alternatives to congregate care and institutionalization.
Over the next three years, KII will work with others who care about the well-being of people with disabilities: their families, advocates, allied organizations, and those with disabilities themselves. The focus of this outreach is to improve the lives of those with disabilities by bringing communities together and developing responsive community-based supports. This outcome will create an environment where people with disabilities will have a home, friends, family, work, and meaningful roles in their communities. It is both a joy and a great responsibility to continue to be a small part of the important work of creating a world where all people are valued. We will share our work, our progress, and our challenges with our colleagues, partners, and those who are walking this journey with us. We invite your dialogue and conversation as we go forward.