Sarah Travel: Accessible and Sensory Friendly Live Zoom Tours

Experience the beauties of Kazakhstan in any season. We are the 9th largest country in the world, and borders China and Russia. Our accessible and sensory friendly live tours are with an English speaking tour guide.

  1. Each Zoom call has closed-captioning enabled, and we can video-record our trip for your memories ($39 *unpredictable resolution).

Our Live Virtual tours with English-Speaking guide is catering to your interests of Culture, language, history, and foods. From desert sand dunes to ice fishing, every week of the year brings a seasonal surprise to our destinations.

$120 Kazakhstan: Almaty City Tour – Live Zoom 1.5 hours (97 minutes) with optional $25 extra 30-minute add-on for a full 2:00 hours to explore more of your interests. Each additional person in your group joins for 35% discount (only $78).

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    1. Meet-n-Greet your guide Saeed in the Paniflov park (2 minutes). I will introduce the Paniflov park in honor of Panfilov soldiers of the 1075 regiment of the 312th rifle division (5 minutes) during WWII.
    2. Arrive at the Ascension Church  also known as Zenkov Cathedral designed by Andrei Pavlovich Zenkov, and was completed in 1907. The Russian Orthodox cathedral is located in Panfilov Park in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The church was built without any nails, and was one of the only buildings that survived the 1911 earthquake in Almaty (10 minutes tour inside and out).
    3. Right outside, we explore the World War II monument “Feat” in Park of the 28 Panfilov Guardsmen including the Eternal flame at the park during Victory Day celebration, 9 May 2012. (20 minutes outside tour)
    4. A short 2-minute walk to the Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments. The wooden building was erected in 1908, simultaneously with Ascension Cathedral. The military leadership of the Turkestan governor-generalship once met here for ceremonies and state receptions. In 1980, it was converted to the musical instruments museum, named after the Great Kazakh musician of 19-20th centuries Ykylas, who promoted the purity of folk culture and preservation of various national instruments. Today, there are more than 1,000 items of instruments,  divided into 60 types of Kazakh national musical instruments. (30 minutes)
    5. Stop right outside at the Burger King and KFC. We will explore the menus, and I will teach you how to say your virtual meal, and you can see our dollars. 
    6. 5-6 minute walk to visit the Green Bazaar (15 minutes walk-through including the market where you can guess the parts of exotic animals at the butcher)
    7. Walk to the 75+ years old  Rakhat Candy Factory  (5 minutes). See the building and enter the showroom to explore all the 1000+ chocolate products on display. There is no bargaining. Before covid, we offered an  indoor factory tour. 
    8. Followed by 10 minutes of Teatime with your guide and closing questions.

Communication Support 2021-2050 Legislative Budget Proposal

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Bipartisan friendly legislation
In 2015, a group of autistic professionals collaborated for legislative advocacy purposes to promote Communication Support for autistic people as a mandate. Together, we authored and introduced 5 bills in the State of New York. Our Autism Action 2016 proposal resulted in the bipartisan passing of ACCES-VR (A.5141) communication support; Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Board (A.8635); Autism Home Loan Program (A.8696); A Communication & Technology Bill of Rights (A.8708); Autism I.D. Card (A.8389). 

Happening Now

During COVID19, our advocacy expanded to implementing the ADA requirement for Effective Communication to be provided by default in each state. This federal law is meant to accommodate Americans who have vision, hearing, or speech disabilities (“communication disabilities”) and use different ways to communicate. However, effective communication for autistic people may require closed captioning, and or time to communicate with someone who uses a communication board or device. Most affected are autistic adults who require communication support to access county benefits, state agency supports, medical care, education and employment.

When communication support is implemented in your state, a law enforcement officer will be able to conference-call a specialist when they encounter an autistic person. The same default response will be applied to a client who is applying for benefits, is asking for accommodations from their boss or university, and a person who needs to engage with the DMV. In other words, identifying as autistic will trigger the ADA implementation in your state as a covered Communication Support.

What is Communication Support?

  • If a state employee accommodates the need for effective communication, they are also violating state law when they replicate the standards of the profession for speech, language, and hearing pathologist.
  • Only a speech therapist is trained in social pragmatic language disorders as part of their mandatory degree requirements, and their overseeing body has already provisioned telehealth for shelter-in-place during COVID19.

Follow out hashtag #communicationsupport on FaceBook and social media to learn about our progress and respond to Calls for Action. To volunteer, please contact info at our doogri.org address.

Follow actions taken in each state below, and follow #communicationsupport on FaceBook for calls to action.

CA Bipartisan Budget Proposal submitted (12/15/20) to all 16 members of the Health Committee Primary jurisdictions are health care, health insurance, Medi-Cal and other public health care programs, mental health licensing of health and health-related professionals, and long-term health care facilities

Please email info at our doogri.org address to volunteer or support our legislative advocacy.

Community Classes & Publicly Available Training/Coaching

The Doogri Institute maintains a network of professional staff. We provide community habilitative services and coaching to meet the individual needs of all clients who are OPWDD eligible. Individuals who are on the Self Direction program may benefit from our broker service to facilitate reimbursement for services rendered.

Services provided through the Doogri Institute:

  • Classes available to the general public in any subject area that relates to a person’s valued outcomes (Art, Dance, Exercise, Cooking, Computer Training, Etc.)
  • Sessions with a private trainer (physical education/exercise) may be covered as long as the service relates to a valued outcome).
  • Classes must be related to a habilitative need in the individual’s person‐centered plan and not just for recreational purposes.
  • Classes must be non‐credit bearing; IDGS funding is for non‐matriculating students.   
  • Not to exceed the published fees as outlined in the entity’s published course fees.

Example of services available:

  • Therapeutic piano lessons, private and community music classes – Doogri Institute Center for the Arts, Rockland County, NY near Monsey, Spring Valley, and Lakewood community. 
  • Academic coaching, intervention facilitator, community independence, mobility navigation, social community training, and self determination towards independent living skills. Located at the Doogri Institute Center for the Arts Monsey office, or video-conferencing.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does your child have a developmental disability from birth? Is your child OPWDD eligible?
  2. Does your child need support for making academic, social, and emotional strides?
  3. Does your child require coaching to access community classes, special skills group sessions, or personalized and individualized sessions?
  4. Is your child in an appropriate setting and steadily meeting goals and objectives?
  5. Do you wish to supplement your child’s service program with tutors, coaching, and specialized support personnel as a reimbursable service?

Contact the Doogri Institute today to learn about the community classes and publicly available training and coaching. We have the staff available to deliver the Individual Directed Goods and Services (IDGS) and supports approved within the individual’s habilitation plan. Call our broker today to get started with Self Direction.

 

Our monthly progress reports include how these services and supports helped:  

  1. Improve independence at home and in the community
  2. Live safely at home
  3. Be more involved in the community
  4. Improve health
  5. Engage in meaningful activities such as: Work towards the following goals/valued outcomes