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Recently, @KeystoneIndia shared the theory of Social Role Valorization (SRV) with BALM - Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health & other orgs & advocates in #India. Read more about the impact that SRV is having on the movement toward #inclusion in India:
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Today was again a day for learning. KII was out in force at the first India International Down Syndrome Conference 2017, with Bindu Sengar, Betsy Neuville and Narender Sharma attending. Our belief in both people and process was confirmed as we conducted another Ideas that Matter session with 65 advocates, family members, and stakeholder to explore past, present, vision, and action. Powerful presentations by Aradhana Lal and Anil Joshi prepared people to be primed for existential questions which translate into potential and possibility. Such energy and passions that people stayed 15 minutes past the end-of-day and we could not stop our spirited dialogue. Now THAT is reason to keep moving forward. We feel lucky and "all in" for this work. Many thanks to Rekha Ramachandran and her boundless energy and wisdom for moving this forward.
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9/9/17
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Keystone Institute India was pleased to be a part of The Way Forward: From Segregation to Inclusion, a conference envisioned by Transcendent Knowledge Society's founder Amrita Roy Chowdhury. Betsy Neuville presented a reflection on "Life is Big: There's Room for All", and was in good company with fellow change agents Rekha Ramachandran, Monidipa Banerjee and many others. Great timing with the new movement of National Trust for Inclusive India - Betsy reflects on the experience in her latest blog post. Many thanks to The Hans Foundation for supporting this work.
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Two intense days with nearly the entire team from The Hans Foundation were spent exploring the ideas of Social Role Valorization on 9 & 10 August with the gracious hosts of +Action For Autism India, National Centre for Autism. We tackled some tough issues in our discussions about the amount of careful and faithful work we will need to do to move things forward, the realism needed in tackling the deep marginalization of people with disabilities in India, and the incredible honor it is to do this work at this time in this place. It was a workshop which will fortify us all for the work ahead. Betsy Neuville led the workshop, with experienced faculty Jash Fortune, Khushboo Saif, and Dr. Nidhi Singal providing excellent leadership and facilitation.
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8/13/17
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August 12 marks a seminal event in Kolkata - From Segregation to Inclusion: The Way Forward, as our colleagues and change agents at Transcendent Knowledge Society gear up for a dialogue on inclusive practice - We are proud to be helping to support this effort along with our partners at Down Syndrome Federation of India, Lions Club of Calcutta, National Trust and Julian Day New Mission. KII's Betsy Neuville will be discussing "Life is Big: Inclusive Practice in all Life Spheres".
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Things are gearing up for our next few months of learning, teaching, and building towards an Inclusive India - National Trust - A Family Facilitator Circle Clinic in September in Bangalore at Bubbles Centre for Autism will equip a generation of parent leaders to envision a full future and accompany their sons and daughters on that path. From there, the ripples will spread the competencies and the will for change. Stay tuned for more....
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What a group gathered in Bangalore yesterday at Lemon Tree Hotel, Electronics City for the one day workshop on Valued Roles - This group has a spirit of collaboration, shared history, and a drive for better lives for change in the right direction. Many thanks to Seva In Action, Bubbles Centre for Autism, and Shristi Special Academy for gathering this group together, and for The Hans Foundation and The National Trust for support. We were surprised by the unexpected drop-in visit of our friend and fellow change agent Amarjit Singh Anand! Lucky us! SRV grads Sarbani Mukherjee Mallick, Manjula Nanjundaiah, and Thulasi Apd led the workshop, along with veteran SRV expert, Betsy Neuville.
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5/24/17
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Bethany Society, Meghalaya, India was buzzing with activity, as more than 50 people with disabilities and their allies gathered with us for dialogue and exploration of how to move forward from the idea of an inclusive world to the real thing. We were pleased to see colleagues from The Hans Foundation along with Anita Claudia Alexander from CBM who happened to be at Bethany the same day. "Inspired commitment" and high expectations for change abound in Meghalaya. Many thanks to SRV grad and Bethany leader Carmo Noronha and his staff for pulling together this extraordinary day.
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5/24/17
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Accessibility is more than building ramps into buildings. As one wise woman at Ashadeep- A Mental Health Society said at a recent workshop, "We need to build ramps within our own hearts". What a strong and "giving" metaphor for bridging the gap between people with disability and those considered typical. One gem out of many from the 46 committed change agents who gathered with Ashadeep yesterday to discuss and share. Many thanks to our colleagues and partners Anjana Goswami and Priyanka Goswami for organizing this engaging and provocative gathering. These two women alongside KII Director, Betsy Neuville, made a great team.
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5/24/17
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We are grateful for the collaboration and encouragement from the National Trust, along with our partner, The Hans Foundation, as we work together to increase opportunities for community inclusion for people with disability. Pictured here are Mr. Mukesh Jain, Joint Secretary and CEO of The National Trust, Dennis Felty, Keystone Human Services' Founding President, and Genevieve Fitzgibbon, Deputy Director of Keystone Human Services International, at a recent meeting at the National Trust offices in New Delhi.

(For those unfamiliar with The National Trust, it is a statutory body of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, set up under the “National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities” Act (Act 44 of 1999). The Trust’s mission is to create an enabling environment, i.e. providing opportunities for persons with disabilities through comprehensive support systems, which will lead towards development of an inclusive society.)
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