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Hello, we want to move from Latvia to another country, in Arkansas!
Posted December 25th, 2012 - 3:47 pm by from Riga, Latvia (Permalink)
Hello, we want to move from Latvia to another country, in Arkansas!
I with my daughter, my daughter in a wheelchair, wanted to know what are the benefits for immigrants there is in Arkansas, for people with disabilities?

Immigrants from Latvia, the European Union!
Can a person in a wheelchair find a job?
If a person has limited capacity!
There is not an expensive house?

Dolphin therapy really need my girl!
My daughter, sick, rare disease, progressive muscle myo dystonia, she can not walk, she needs a dolphin therapy, to support health!
May be who can suggest who to call for help? Sites, information!

If anyone himself can help, with the dolphin therapy, us a need amount of money, us have no where to take them, if anyone can help, please contact me by E mail
elena.semenjakina@gmail.com,
i tell you all, I will answer all questions!

Posted December 31st, 2012 - 4:00 am from Jonesboro, United States
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Posted January 2nd, 2013 - 1:34 pm by from Farmington, United States (Permalink)
Sorry about your daughters illness. Why do you want to leave Latvia?
I don't know how an immigrant can get any welfare or health care without paying for it. Our nation is spending so much money that it is borrowing from foreign nations like China. Very soon, the so called 'benefits' will be cut.

People in wheel chairs can find work and often the company has good insurance benefits. The new health care laws have changed many things though.

Good luck in your search.

Posted January 10th, 2013 - 9:24 am by from Riga, Latvia (Permalink)
In Latvia, it is very difficult, it gets in a month pension 75 Ls, it is $ 150 and the state pays me 100 Ls per month for what I look after her!
100 Ls, + 75 Ls, = 175 Ls, is $ 350 a month for two!
A rent housing to pay 100 Ls per month, is 75 Ls, is $ 150 for two people, for a month $ 150 a month, it is very difficult to live!
And work in Latvia do not give it, because here and healthy is difficult to find a job, and people with disabilities are not possible to find a job!
Here in Latvia, is really hard to live!
And she can work, be easy to do a job!

Posted January 13th, 2013 - 3:57 am from Fayetteville, United States
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Posted February 1st, 2013 - 8:35 pm by from Riga, Latvia (Permalink)
Thanks MARLz84 for the advice, I just don't know what country the better will be!

Posted February 1st, 2013 - 8:53 pm by from Riga, Latvia (Permalink)
Dolphin therapy is not only swimming
in the pool but also ultra sound that has beneficial effects on human health!

Here's an article about dolphin therapy!


Dolphin therapy

The idea that human interaction with dolphins may be beneficial was first formulated in the 1960s by John Lilly, who studied dolphin-human communication and suggested that dolphins could help humans learn to communicate better with one another. Lilly’s ideas were extended into the 1970s when dolphin researchers began examining the effects that interacting with dolphins appeared to have on children with neurological impairments. In fact the understandable love for dolphins does encourage people to want to get close to them. This desire may stem from the belief that close contact with these special animals can provide, at the very least, a release from day-to-day stresses and boredom and, at the other extreme, some sort of miracle cure for physical and mental illness, and disability.

Dolphin-assisted therapy (DAT) has become an increasingly popular. The therapy typically occurs in marine parks and dolphinariums as part of programs that allow people to swim with dolphins. Children and adult receiving DAT go through focused one-on-one sessions of individualized activities with a therapist (e.g., a speech, occupational, or physical therapist depending on the disability child’s and adult) where interactions with dolphins follow a child’s correct cognitive, physical, or social-emotional response. Proponents claim that DAT can effectively improve language, behavior, cognitive processing, attention, motivation to learn, and certain medical conditions.

Nowadays large numbers of these programs operate in countries throughout the world, including Mexico, the United States, Israel, and Russia. Dolphin therapy has become big business, for example in the US based Dolphin Research Center. From 1989, to the end of 1994, more than 500 children and adults from all over the world took part, with almost 5,000 so called therapy sessions. By the end of 1994, the therapy program was so successful that the waiting list for services had reached seven years! A full time program was needed and to meet this extraordinary demand, Dolphin Human Therapy moved to Dolphins Plus in Key Largo, Florida, while hiring a full time staff of seven and working in five days per week programs. The price per person for this kind of therapies in many of the facilities offering them runs at around 5000 $US for ten days not including food and accommodation.

It is no wonder that facilities such as the hotel Los Delfines become engaged in such kind of activities, as they resolve several of their institutions problems:

It is great for repairing their public image by giving them the opportunity to project themselves as institutions with the intention to help other human beings and work for the benefit of the weakest elements of our society, handicapped children.
It appeals positively to people’s emotions by addressing their need for harmony, their hope for a miraculous cure for their ill children or by giving them the good feeling to provide the best possible start for a newborns life. In order to strengthen this positive emotional connection institutions like hotel Los Delfines do promote the idea of dolphins as peaceful, intelligent and supernaturally wise species that enjoy doing good to humans. A romantic idea that fits all too well with our need for contact with nature, when living in the stressful concrete environment of big cities like Lima.
It diverts people’s attention away from the critical points of keeping dolphins in captivity and builds up a strong defense. What better reason one could have to defend animal captivity than the smiling face of a happy child disability?

And if believe that dolphin therapy can help, We, I and my daughter believed that will help!
It will definitely help, we believe in it!!

Posted February 1st, 2013 - 8:59 pm by from Riga, Latvia (Permalink)
Thanks for the site, but us unfortunately did not fit horse therapy, my daughter will be difficult sit on horse, swim her easy!