The Doogri Institute conducts research, professional training, and direct services to through creative and expressive arts as a means for nurturing the neurodevelopmental needs of all individuals regardless of disability.Our research team consists of scholars and leading experts in their field. Our critical research is augmented by lived experiences.
With the intentional focus on exceptional ability and innate talent, the students will begin to craft a new reality of how they wish to be seen by themselves and others. Individuals who are marginalized on the basis of disability, or observable difference, will be encouraged and supported to form a positive self-identity. This will then enable them to find their place in society.
By introducing visual media, music, and performance-arts, they will perceive themselves through the lens of their new-found abilities, and their feelings of “otherness” will fade away. Empowered students will find a community of like-minded individuals, and together they will push towards intellectual, emotional and social transformation.
The Center for the Arts in Rockland County, New York promotes self-actualization leading to maximum independence and creative leadership. The space offers people previously diagnosed with special-needs, an opportunity to explore their creative potential and expression. Students are provided with piano lessons as a foundation leading towards independent musicianship.
The space is inviting for small-scale recitals, jam sessions, karaoke booths, and recording artists. The handicap-accessible and family-friendly space brings together the students, their families as well as visitors and supporters. With a specific focus on the seamless integration of therapy and education, the center will be a hub for coordination between physical and occupational therapists, artists, teachers and students.
The institute provides research, training, and direct services to individuals who are disadvantaged both by disability and family privilege. After transition from school to the workforce, the program creates a bridge for previously oppressed individuals in their quest to immerse themselves in mainstream American culture and higher education. This systemic empowerment may lead to self actualization.