As Azerbaijan continues to build a sustainable system of community-based services to support children and families, Keystone provided training, education and technical assistance to the Social Services Initiative for the Community for All-Azerbaijan Deinstitutionalization project, as well as representatives of local public administrations and governmental organizations. The consultation built the knowledge and capacity of Azerbaijani professionals to support individuals with disabilities to live full, active lives in the community.
As part of our mission to enhance the well-being of children with disabilities throughout the world, Keystone provided consultation and training to three community-based rehabilitation centers and a mobile services program in Azerbaijan. The consultation and training focused on speech therapy, occupational therapy and child psychology and will lead to improved services and supports and increased professional capacity to address the unique needs and strengths of children with autism, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities.
By hosting delegations of human service leaders through the Open Eurasian Countries Hosting Program, Keystone hopes to build long-term relationships with officials from the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, representatives from nongovernmental organizations and disability activists from Azerbaijan. In the midst of this rich cultural dialogue focusing on Equal Participation in Public Life for People with Disabilities, Azeri delegates are gaining hands-on experience, as well as ideas and practices, about addressing the social issues and challenges facing individuals with disabilities.
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