Keystone Human Services India Association serves as a catalyst for developing a service system in India that better safeguards vulnerable people, respects the voices and perspectives of people with disability and their families, and facilitates India’s movement toward a society where all people have possibilities and potential and all matter.
We seek partners and collaborators who wish to work together toward assisting people with developmental and psychosocial disabilities to join a movement of change, which provides opportunities for people to experience home, friends, family, work, and full participation in the community. We provide extensive consultation and education around developing responsive, effective, and inclusive support to help move toward belonging, acceptance, and a rich community life. We develop and prepare emerging leaders to work toward community development, inclusive support, and integration instead of segregation.
We offer intensive workshops and presentations, provide international leadership in promising practices and ideas, and offer ongoing consultation and guidance in implementation strategies. We provide a network of connections with organizations and people across India and internationally who are doing promising work in the disability sector to assist people with disability to take their place in society.
Our mission is to create opportunities for growth and meaningful life choices so that all people can be valued, contributing members of their community.
The ideas and values that guide our work at Keystone Human Services India Association have been present since our founding. They constitute a core set of concepts that are important in our work of helping people live more meaningful lives through finding home, friends, work, and presence in the community.
Our vision is that of creating an environment where all people, regardless of background and ability, can grow, make choices and be valued and contributing members of our community. In this vision, we see the welfare of all people being vested in the welfare of each individual.
We believe that all human life is sacred, having equal and unconditional value.
We believe that it is important to recognize and value individual differences and diversity as a means of validating our own uniqueness and affirming the great diversity of the human community. Our services will value, be responsive to and reflect the great diversity of the communities, individuals and families we serve. We will strive to assure that all levels of our organization reflect this diversity.
Within our intent is a deep commitment to decrease the dependence of individuals and families on formal services. All that we do should contribute to the strength, independence, community presence and capacity of each individual. When an individual or family does need formal services, those services must be effective and, where appropriate, time limited.
Our vision is that of supporting people within their communities, in natural settings such as home, work, neighbourhood and school. We believe our role will increasingly change from that of a provider of service to that of a facilitator and community organizer.
Our structure is that of a family of agencies that share a common vision and similar values. Our structure allows us to operate both as a collective whole, as well as individually responsive agencies.
We believe that we have a deep obligation to serve as a change agent, sharing our experience with others both individually and within the public policy and service delivery processes. We believe that it is important to live in an environment where all of us have the opportunity to consider the moral and spiritual aspects of our work. We desire that the many people associated with keystone will experience their work as a calling and wish to encourage and nurture deep commitments, friendships, nonpaid relationships and life sharing.
In this time of rapid social change, much of what we do encompasses the creation of social forms and structures that have value for all people. We believe that our striving to accept, value, and understand great diversity in human qualities is linked to our role in creating a safer world.
Keystone Human Services India Association is a non-profit Section-8 company registered under Companies Act, 2013, Govt of India on 13 June, 2016. The CIN of the company is U74995DL2016NPL302349.
The registered office of the company is at:
E-13, First Floor
New Friends Colony
The company has its PAN, 12-A, TAN, and 80-G. The company has applied for prior permission under FCRA.
The Rural India Supporting Trust, USA, and Keystone Human Services International, USA have committed to provide support to Keystone Human Services India Association by allocating funds and sharing resources. We are also reaching out to national organizations and other donors to support us in our work supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout India.
Since 1972, Keystone Human Services (KHS), USA has worked to build communities where everyone is included and has the opportunity to thrive and fully participate in everything society has to offer. KHS develops and provides community-based supports for people with disabilities, provides consultation and technical assistance on inclusive policies and legal frameworks, and advocates for disability rights and inclusive practices.
In December 2015, KHS’s subsidiary Keystone Human Services International (KHSI) partnered with Rural India Supporting Trust (RIST), USA to open the KHSI Liaison Office in Delhi, India and develop Keystone Institute India (KII) to support inclusion for people with disability. KII and its activities are approved by the Reserve Bank of India and the Ministry of Finance, Government of India to work for the welfare of people with disability in India, providing education and consultation for organizations and leaders in the field of disability, including capacity building, innovative approaches, and developing model services.
Because of the huge need and demand for inclusive practice, KHSI, USA registered Keystone Human Services India Association, a Section-8 company in India, in June 2016 under the Companies Act of 2013 with the Registrar of Companies, Government of India. Since then, KHSIA has provided all voluntary support to the KHSI Liaison Office and developed capacity to undertake growing roles in the future.
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