- More Than Half of People with Disabilities Say Their Families Are Economically and Socially Affected By the COVID-19 Pandemic
Almost 50% of people with disabilities say they have not had access to information about the pandemic, and 51% say they have felt much more nervous during this period. In a study conducted by Keystone Moldova Association and the Alliance of Organizations for People with Disabilities in the Republic of Moldova (AOPD), the most common fears cited by people with disabilities during the pandemic include the economic crisis, loss of income, quarantine, a medical system that may not be able to cope with demands, and loss of a loved one.
- Liliana Malancea Receives the Edna Silberman Humanitarian Service Award
Keystone Human Services is proud to announce that Liliana Malancea is this year's recipient of the Edna Silberman Humanitarian Service Award for her contributions to her community and her role in making Keystone's vision real in the lives of others. Liliana founded the Unitate Community Center in Tudora, Moldova, an after school program providing social and educational support, psychologic counseling, art and vocational activities, and hygiene services for children in the community.
- Robert J. Baker Receives the Dr. Joseph Adlestein Professional Leadership Award
Keystone Human Services is pleased to announce that Robert Baker has been awarded the 2019 Dr. Joseph Adlestein Professional Leadership Award for his advocacy for and with people with disability. 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.
- Charles Hooker Receives Pennsylvania Advocate of the Year Award
In October, Charles Hooker received the Pennsylvania Advocate of the Year Award from PAR for his work promoting the dignity and rights of people with autism and intellectual disability.
- Kristin Testerman Receives Central Region Direct Support Professional of the Year Award
Congratulations to Kristin Testerman on receiving the Central Region Direct Support Professional of the Year Award from PAR! For over eight years, Kristin has served as a Direct Support Professional, building strong relationships with the people she supports.
- Speeding Toward Her Goals
Hillary McFadden is an entrepreneur who started her own business creating braille menus for local restaurants. She's also a competitive speed skater, and now you can find her on the cover of Business Woman.
Read the article to discover how Hillary began approaching restaurant owners and got the toes of her skates in the door to join the speed skating team.
- Shawnee Hooper Joins Capital Area Head Start as New Executive Director
Keystone Human Services welcomes Shawnee Hooper as Capital Area Head Start's new Executive Director. Hooper is a strong advocate for children and will bring valuable experience, enthusiasm, and advocacy to her new role.
- The Keystone Human Services June Summit Brought a Global Conversation to Harrisburg, PA
Panelists from around the world shared their personal stories about inclusion through the lens of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) during the Keystone Human Services June Summit on June 17-19. Continuing conversations started at the UN's Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, people with disability led the way throughout the Summit, highlighting the CRPD and the global movement for inclusion and disability rights.
- KHS Vice President Bob Baker Inducted into Legacy Leaders Circle
Robert (Bob) Baker was recently inducted into the ANCOR Foundation's Legacy Leaders Circle for his work toward inclusion and services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Susquehanna Service Dogs Celebrates 35 Graduating Dogs
Thirty-five dogs and their handlers will walk the stage in Susquehanna Service Dogs' 2019 Graduation Ceremony, held on April 27, 2019 at 1 pm at Dauphin County Technical School in Harrisburg, PA. Doors open at 12:30 pm.
- Direct Support Professional Gayle Ferona Receives 2019 Pennsylvania DSP of the Year Award
Congratulations to Gayle Ferona, who has been named ANCOR's 2019 Pennsylvania DSP of the Year! She's a strong advocate who understands the value of real relationships and supports true inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- A Great Day for Reading
April 4 was a great day for reading in Capital Area Head Start classrooms! Pre-kindergarten students in several CAHS classrooms enjoyed guest readers from PNC, including Jim Hoehn, the Central PA Regional President.
- Key Human Services Announces Elizabeth Weiblen as New President and CEO
Key Human Services, our subsidiary in Connecticut, welcomed Elizabeth Weiblen as the new President and CEO. Ms. Weiblan brings valuable experience in designing, developing, and directing high-performing community-based programs and services, and is a recognized leader in the field.
- Keystone Moldova Receives Two Zero Project Awards
Keystone Moldova has received two awards from the Zero Project for the Community for All – Moldova program and the Alternativ Forum Theatre. The Community for All-Moldova program is supporting people with disabilities to leave institutions and live in the community. The Forum Theater is using interactive performances to teach students to stop discrimination and advocate for and with people with disabilities. Both are changing people's lives and building a more inclusive world.
- Beep Beep! Capital Area Head Start Receives Donation from Local Trucking Company
Through their "Adopt-a-Class" J.B. Hunt Transport Services donated school supplies to one of Capital Area Head Start's classrooms and provided students with the opportunity to learn about trucks and transportation.
- Susquehanna Service Dogs' Puppy Raising Program in the News
Watch Susquehanna Service Dogs' young puppies during their early socialization class. SSD's Roar for More puppy raising program was spotlighted by ABC 23 WATM.