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Dennis Felty Receives the First PAR Innovation Award
Dennis Felty, Keystone Human Services’ Founding President, received the first Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities (PAR) Innovation Award. The award was presented during PAR’s 2013 Solutions Conference on November 20.
Dennis has dedicated his entire professional life to the belief that people have a deep obligation to serve as change agents, sharing their professional experience with others individually and within the public policy and service delivery processes because the welfare of all people is vested in the welfare of each individual. He holds the belief that people must continually challenge themselves and their organizations to find creative and innovative ways to discover, honor, and value the inherent worth of all people. His vision and Keystone Human Service’s vision is to create an environment where all people, regardless of background and ability, can grow, make choices, and be valued and contributing members of the community.
He and Keystone are dedicated to innovating new and meaningful social forms and structures that have value to all people through the acceptance and understanding of the great diversity within the human condition. These innovations and cutting edge concepts include William Penn Human Services, the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP), work with children and adults with disabilities in Moldova, Beslan, and South Africa, the conceptualization of the Comprehensive Residential Procedure Code, and the Margin Factor.
Dennis has been involved in human services since 1968 and was among the original members of PAR. He has been active in shaping PAR’s mission, vision, and strategic direction and has received PAR’s Leadership and Humanitarian awards in past years. He has also served on numerous other national, state, and community Boards and task forces, and he has been a member of the Clinton Global Initiative since 2007.