The Small Beauties
Keystone Human Services (KHS) is a non-profit organization that is a part of a global movement to provide support and expertise to people with disabilities.
Keystone Human Services The Small Beauties
Across India, small, community-based supportive services for people with developmental disability are rising out the imaginations of families and activists. These days, such sorts of services are often fueled by the desire to create human-scale alternatives to large institutional settings.
With this, comes a need to create a respected profession for the paid staff who work directly with people. Often, we focus on what people can and should GIVE to those they support. A number of support staff work who closely by the side of people with significant disability recently shared some insights into how the work they do has benefitted THEM – how they have grown and shifted as a result of standing by, with, and for people with disabilities.
Recent conversations with a number of support staff at Vidya Sagar in Chennai, Action for Autism in Delhi, Community Lives in Uttarakhand, and KPAMRC in Bengaluru yielded some potent reflections on what has been gained from the role.
These can be considered small beauties – seldom-considered gifts that people with disability bring to those who serve them and walk with them.