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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.
Supportive Living is a system of supports for men and women who live in homes that are located close to one another and other local resources. These homes are typically unlicensed.
The type and amount of support each person receives is based on their own unique needs and may vary from several hours of support each day to several hours of support each week. Services that a person may receive include, but are not limited to, assistance with learning personal care skills, money management, health maintenance, relationship issues, transportation and employment. We have a well-educated, experienced team of employees who work closely with each person who lives in the apartments to develop their own support plan. Each person’s plan is reviewed and updated regularly to reflect changes in their needs or their requests to include new activities in their life.
One of the young women living in one of the apartments in the supportive living program has had wonderful success in the program. As a child, she has moved from one foster care home to another, and she was in and out of treatment facilities. When she was in her mid-teens, Keystone began providing supports to her in one of our community homes. Although initially her behavior was very negative, she began to express the desire to live more independently, and she demonstrated that she would be able to move into a more independent program. She moved to a supportive living apartment, where she eventually came to trust the people who supported her, realizing that they were there to support her, not to control her life. Our employees coached her on making good decisions and assisted her to learn the skills she would need to live an independent life. This young woman started working and moved into her own apartment. She has been so successful in her job that she now trains new employees. She is proud of her accomplishments and demonstrates how successful people can be with the right kind of supports.