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KII is in Kolkata for an intensive week of consultation with our many colleagues and collaborators working for good lives for people with disabilities. Looking forward to reconnecting with Transcendent Knowledge Society, Autism Society West Bengal, Anjali Mental Health Rights Organization, The Hans Foundation, and others.
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Here's just some of what we are up to in Kolkata, Jaipur, Pondicherry, and Delhi over the next few months. More to come as other events are confirmed! Please feel free to share with others.


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We were proud to be part of the attention being paid to people with disability this year at #CGI2016 with our Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action jointly submitted with The Hans Foundation on “Advancing the Rights of People with Disability in India.” And we send big congratulations to our sister program, Keystone Moldova, whose work and impact was beautifully highlighted on the CGI stage by Tamara Andries, a self-advocate, and Ludmila Jalba, a parent-advocate (and behind the scenes, Natalia Cojocaru). We are also thrilled to be a partner to the #mhNOW Collective Action Commitment which is focused on closing the gap in mental health services and supports for people with psychosocial disability in 30 cities across the globe by 2030. A big week in New York last week for the rights of persons with disability!
#DisabilityRightsAreHumanRights #inclusion #mentalhealth
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"Institutions have been on my mind..."
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“I am not a mental patient. I am a secretary."
A new post by Betsy Neuville on our blog, reflecting on a tiny moment in time -- a moment she has been both haunted and inspired by ever since -- from a training session held at a government mental hospital this week where "patients", their families, and professionals joined together to talk about their experiences and their hope for the future. Please read, comment, share, reflect...
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After a moving and successful Social Role Valorization event, The Honorable Minister of of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, was presented with the course manual, "Valued Lives," by Mr. Pankaj R. Maru who is a graduate of the course and who shared with the Minster about the goals and outcomes of the seminar. We are happy to have our work recognized in this manner, and to feel the support of all those who are working toward a more inclusive India.
#disability #inclusion #SocialRoleValorization
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Happy New Year from your friends at KII! May light help us dispel the darkness of discrimination against people with disability, and together may we succeed in advancing the human spirit. Wishing you peace and happiness in 2017!
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Tamara Andries (self-advocate) and Ludmila Jalba (parent advocate) gave a moving presentation in New York last week about the impact of Keystone's support in their lives and their own roles as advocates. We are proud of our sister program - Keystone Moldova - for being featured in this way at the Clinton Global Initiative meetings. And we are especially proud of Tamara and Ludmila, speaking on behalf of all women and girls with disability, as well as families of children with disability, in front of a live international audience of over 1000 people, plus many more via LiveStream video. Their message is an important one to hear. And we think the audience agreed. They received a standing ovation!
#inclusion #DisabilityRightsAreHumanRights
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Good teachers possess a capacity for connectedness. They are able to weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects, and their students so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves.” ― Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life

Today I had the pleasure of returning to Ashish Foundation for the Differently Abled, with collaborators and recent inaugural SRV graduates Geeta Mondol and Sneha Gohan Kumar and other emerging leaders to develop facilitators of Beth Mount's Personal Futures Planning, a capacity-based planning process to envision and commit towards a positive future. In the midst of this really excellent preparatory work, we took time out to celebrate the work of teachers on Teachers Day. What a beautiful testimony to passion and commitment to vocation. A couple photos of this celebration of the work of teaching, and the love of it, are attached.
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Last week, KII spent the day at Thane Mental Hospital in Mumbai, envisioning a different life course for the nearly 1400 souls living here. A collaboration between The Hans Foundation, Neptune Foundation, and the staff at Thane Mental Hospital met to talk about change - What are the entrance routes to institutionalization? What are the realities of life for people while here, and, most imperative to us today, what are the exit pathways back to a better life? Hard but needed conversations to hold and discern.
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What an extraordinary three days of learning! Keystone Institute India, in partnership with the National Trust​ and The Hans Foundation​, has conducted an intensive three-day Social Role Valorization course for the first time ever in India. Forty-four participants, all established and emerging leaders in the disability movement, joined from 18 different states across the country, coming together to commit to promoting good possibilities for people with disability to have full, rich, meaningful lives. Participants included family members of people with disability, activists, professionals, specialists, advocates, leaders with decades of experience, professionals new to the field, those with lived experience of disability, and those who have built the support systems that exists for families and people with disability. On behalf of our Social Role Valorization faculty and staff, Betsy Neuville​, Pamela Small Seetoo​, Jane Sherwin​, Sergiu Toma​, Matthew Nguyen​, and Bindu Sengar​, and our partners the National Trust and The Hans Foundation, we congratulate all course participants on this important personal and professional accomplishment and for accepting the hard challenge to look at issues of disability and society in a new way. We were thrilled with the eagerness of all participants to dig into the material, and to engage deeply with each other and the course leadership. We thank you all for your enthusiasm and commitment! It was an amazing workshop! #disability #inclusion #SocialRoleValorization
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Latest blog post by Betsy Neuville on the Indian Parliament's passing of a new Mental Health Care Act.
"There is something to be said for helping people to get “back on track.' Don’t think, however, that it will be enough."
‪#‎mentalhealth‬
The new Mental Health Care Act, passed yesterday by the Indian parliament, has been winding its way slowly through the Indian legislature since 2013, and replaces the Mental Health Bill of 1987. On…
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