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Keystone Chosen as Zero Project Finalist
The Pennsylvania-based provider Keystone Autism Services has been selected as one of the finalists for the Zero Project 2021. The Zero Project is an initiative of the Essl Foundation based in Austria that seeks to promote the rights of people with disabilities globally. The project connects over 4,000 experts across the globe, some with and some without disabilities, with the intent of addressing systemic societal problems that people with disabilities face every day. Its sole objective is to assist in creating a world with zero barriers for people with disabilities through upholding the Articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Keystone Human Services applied to highlight their employment services program as a component of Pennsylvania's Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP). The final selection of applicants will have the opportunity to present on their model during the Zero Project 2021 conference to be held at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, Austria. ACAP is a home and community-based managed care program that provides physical, behavioral, and community services to adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ACAP helps adults with an ASD diagnosis participate in their communities in the way that they want to, based upon their identified needs. Keystone's employment services program has seen a 550% increase in the past decade.
Keystone recently received word that it is one of 178 organizations from across the world that has made it past rounds one and two of voting. They are now finalists in the global search. The final round of voting will occur throughout September. The Zero Project's network of experts will be polled on the final shortlist of candidates to narrow the search down to 75. The chosen candidates will then be featured through the Zero Projects' international platform and they will have the opportunity to present on their model at the 2021 conference in Vienna. Due to the pandemic, the Zero Project will be holding a hybrid virtual/in-person conference in February 2021.