Making Deinstitutionalization Real: Moving from the Idea Toward the Ideal

Jun 12, 2017 3:40 PM ET

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 12, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Local nonprofit Keystone Human Services International will host the Side Event “Making Deinstitutionalization Real: Moving from the Idea toward the Ideal” on June 14 at the 10th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New York City.

A panel of change agents from India, the Republic of Moldova, and the United States will discuss how to develop real strategies for people with intellectual and psychosocial disability to have the opportunity to live full, rich, meaningful lives in the community. People continue to be congregated and segregated in institutions across the world, resulting in brutalization and oppression and robbing our communities of the talents and gifts people with disability have to offer.

“Building inclusive communities is a global issue that affects us all,” says Charles J. Hooker III, President and CEO of Keystone Human Services. “The world has become a smaller place and we have a responsibility to create a safer world by ensuring all people, regardless of ability, can enjoy their full human rights. By protecting the rights of the most vulnerable people, we protect the rights of all people.”

More information about the Side Event can be found at

Keystone Human Services International is part of Keystone Human Services, a nonprofit organization that is committed to creating environments where all people are valued and contributing members of their community. Established in 1972, Keystone Human Services provides community-based services for individuals with intellectual disability, autism, and mental illness, as well as children’s services, Capital Area Head Start, and Susquehanna Service Dogs. Keystone provides services throughout Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware, as well as the Republic of Moldova. Keystone also provides training and consultation in India and has provided consultation and education in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Romania, and Russia.

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