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Intellectual Disabilities Services
Who We Are
Intellectual Disabilities Services serves men and women with intellectual disabilities, providing supports so they can make meaningful life choices and be valued, contributing members of their communities.
Keystone's Intellectual Disabilities Services is dedicated to serving individuals with intellectual disabilities. Founded as an organization to support people as they move from large, impersonal state centers to community-based services, our mission has remained consistent: To act as a change agent, creating opportunities for growth and meaningful life choices so that people can be valued and contributing members of their communities.
We encourage long-term relationships and stress the importance of natural supports, individuality, respect, choice and the dignity of risk. In recognizing that people with disabilities are members of our society and can live successfully in their own communities, we have successfully helped reunite families and strengthen relationships. We have seen friendships flourish where none had existed. We have seen people lead lives of tremendous richness rather than deprivation.
Dispelling the Myth
It was once believed that some people with very challenging behaviors could not be served in their communities. Keystone recognizes that these behaviors are often symptoms of trauma and other treatable causes and has demonstrated that with intensive therapeutic supports, people previously thought to be unable to leave hospital settings can be served safely and successfully in the community.
We believe that this has been possible because of the vision of Keystone Human Services. This vision has guided us since 1972 as we developed our services and worked to create a better and safer world for everyone.
Services in Washington, D.C.
We are pleased to announce that Keystone Human Services is expanding its Intellectual Disabilities Services into Washington, D.C. The District’s Department on Disability Services invited us to become a provider in the area, and we have received approval to provide waiver residential and behavior support services, including Supported Living and Residential Services. Arthur M. Ginsberg is serving as the Regional Director. He says, “We are already providing behavior support services and expect to begin providing residential services in May 2014.” Once these services are operational, we expect to begin offering individualized day and employment services.