Communication Support 2021-2050 Legislative Budget Proposal

Autism Benefits and Poverty in New York, 2016
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