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The Impact of a Service Dog

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On May 6, we held our annual Graduation and Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. Twenty-nine dogs graduated, including two companion dogs, eighteen service dogs, seven breeding dogs, and two CIA K-9s. Congratulations to all our graduating teams!

This year, Kim Wiesniewski shared her family's story for our Graduation Keynote. Kim's husband, John, is partnered with SSD Slate. Through her story, you'll see how service dogs change more lives than just their partner's.
 

How a Service Dog Buys Socks

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Did you know service dogs can make purchases? SSD Colorado, one of Susquehanna Service Dogs’ service dogs in training, is practicing how to make purchases at Foot Locker in Capital City Mall in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

Colorado spent his first 18 months with his puppy raiser, who taught him 26 different cues and good house manners. For the past few months, he has been in advanced training with Susquehanna Service Dogs’ professional trainers, where he is being individually trained based on his partner’s needs. One of the specific tasks he’s learning is how to make purchases.

Susquehanna Service Dogs: A Grassroots Effort that Took Seed and Blossomed

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“Each person who volunteers their time in any capacity,” Pam Foreman, director of Susquehanna Service Dogs, says, “each person partnered with an SSD dog, each employee and each person who provides a monetary or in-kind donation of any amount makes this program what it is.” Harrisburg Magazine provides a "behind the scenes" look at Susquehanna Service Dogs and how little puppies become working service dogs.

Original article by Angelique Caffrey for Harrisburg Magazine

Valued Roles: A Gift that Keeps on Giving

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We can work towards the “good Indian life” for people who are vulnerable by focusing on helping people have social roles which are valued. Social roles which are typical and valued open up all kinds of doors for people – and seem to be the typical ways that most of us gain acceptance, belonging, personal growth, friendship, opportunities, and a good reputation. Roles also help us define who we are, and the way we envision ourselves. Now that’s something we want to pay attention to.

The Doctor Is In: From Menacizing to Medicalizing

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Blog post by Betsy Neuville, Director of Keystone Institute India

I was recently captured and unsettled by a widely circulated global conference notice describing mental disorders as an “enormous disease burden” on human society.This statement should give us a bit of pause, and cause us to reflect on what we know, what we assume, and what the impacts of such a mindset may be.

Global Leadership in Human Services

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By Charles Hooker III, President and CEO of Keystone Human Services International

Keystone Human Services recently developed a five year Strategic Plan to guide the organization forward. The Plan reaffirms our vision and values with a solid focus on global leadership in human services and a life-span perspective for the services and supports we offer.

Within this vision, we strive to make our mission real within diverse communities, lead change within human services through innovation and best practices, and help shape public policy.

How to Truly Meet the Needs of People with Disabilities and Families

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By Betsy Neuville, Director of the Keystone Institute India

One of the major themes within my own teaching and workshop content via Social Role Valorization theory and the field of human learning that is so relevant to each of us is the importance of imitation and modeling as “hands down” the most powerful force there is for both teaching and learning.

Like it or not, we model the behavior of those around us, and learn by watching and imitating.

Partnerships Amplify Efforts Toward Inclusion in India

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Partnership is an amplifier.  It multiplies possibilities, stirs creativity, pools talents, and makes us able to accomplish more than any of us ever could on our own. It can also humble us, makes us flex and bend, and can prevent us from narrowing our vision. When it comes to serving vulnerable people, partnership has a deeper level of meaning and impact. Partnership is only as valuable as the direct and indirect influence it has on the lives of people we wish to benefit.

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