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Making Deinstitutionalization Real: Moving from the Idea toward the Ideal

Side Event at the 10th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Developing real strategies for people with intellectual and psychosocial disability to have the opportunity to live full, rich, meaningful lives remains a daunting task. Governments and private organizations continue to congregate and segregate people in institutions, resulting in oppression, brutalization, and loss of identity and opportunity, as well as robbing our communities of the talents and gifts people with disability have to offer.

Almost everyone agrees that deinstitutionalization is necessary, but how do we make it happen? What does it take to build a community-based service system? What are the building blocks of support within communities?

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Clinton Global Initiative: Commitment to Action - Working to move women and girls with disabilities out of institutions and provide employment opportunities
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What We Do

Keystone Human Services International (KHSI) builds upon a firm tradition of individual empowerment and community restoration to provide services, programs, and support to improve the lives of children and families outside the United States. KHSI promotes strong community-based human service systems throughout Eastern Europe and beyond, bridging the cultural boundaries that have allowed the children and families of these regions to endure immense hardship largely in silence. By transcending these borders, we are contributing to a great network of committed global organizations, constructing a bridge to a safer world.

Since 2014, KHSI has been granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council for Non-Governmental Organizations.

For over forty years, Keystone Human Services has been steadfastly Advancing the Human Spirit. Learn how you can help. Join us.


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