Keystone Human Services is pleased to announce that Robert Baker has been awarded the 2019 Dr. Joseph Adlestein Professional Leadership Award. This award is bestowed annually on an individual in a professional role who is a powerful advocate for people with disability.
As the Vice President of Keystone Human Services, President and CEO of Keystone Service Systems, and President and CEO of Keystone Autism Services, Bob has distinguished himself with his significant contributions in issues beyond the traditional management and finance functions. He has had great impact on inclusion and services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Bob was instrumental in leading Keystone Autism Services in the design and implementation of the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP), with the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations. The program is designed to serve adults with autism in Cumberland, Dauphin, Chester, and Lancaster Counties, and provides a set of services that includes behavioral and physical health services. The program recently expanded in providing residential locations.
His continued efforts and commitment to the highest quality of services for people led to the formation of the Adult/Adolescent Vocational Autism Initiative of Lehigh (AVAIL). With legislative support from Senator Pat Browne, AVAIL supports the needs of young adults to pursue employment, higher education, and increased independence while promoting natural supports in their home and community.
Bob's leadership has helped ensure that people with disability are included in their communities and have the opportunity to pursue their dreams for school, work, and life.