“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.
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.
By: Susan Diegelman, Director of Public Affairs, AT&T
For people with disabilities, it is rare that there is a single solution that meets everyone’s accessibility needs. Different circumstances and environments often require different solutions and this is certainly true for people who are hard of hearing or experiencing hearing loss. Hearing aids have become smaller, more comfortable and more powerful in recent years. They can make it possible to undertake activities that were previously more challenging – but they also have their limitations.
Booz Allen Hamilton Associate Eli Hinson was honored as an Employee of the Year by Careers & the disABLED magazine at an event held in Boston, Mass. on April 1. The award recognizes “the professional and personal achievements of outstanding individuals with disabilities.”
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard
What does the past mean for those of us trying to craft a positive future for people with disability? Understanding backwards, as Kierkegaard reminds us, creates the wisdom to move forward with a strong awareness of what we are moving away from, what we are moving towards, and what we are learning from the journey.
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.
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.
Betsy Neuville and Genevieve Fitzgibbon arrived in New Delhi last week to launch major programmatic initiatives in the inclusion of people with disabilities, particularly developmental disabilities and mental disorders, across India. The first few days of work shed a small light on the experience of being different, and the need to find allies and supporters to walk the journey together.