Children with special needs require intense medical care, psychological care and financial support. For families who reside in rural communities, the access to some of these resources may be scarce. In fact, it is estimated that nearly one-fifth of the rural population includes those who have special needs or live with some form of disability.
If you are the parent of a disabled child, and you reside in a rural community, it is important to become familiar with the advances in technology that may serve to promote the health of your child and your entire family. In fact, in many rural communities, the use of the National Telerehabilitation Service System, NTSS, has become more common.
Using SMART Boards and teleconferencing systems, many rural healthcare centers are now able to obtain the latest in advancing technology to rehabilitate and provide care to disabled children or children with special needs. Offering education to both healthcare professionals as well as parents, the NTSS is a unique resource to many families in the rural setting. In addition to healthcare information, many medical settings in rural areas are also using this technology to promote information on financial resources and social support services.
If you live in a rural community where access to education, services and support are sparse, you may want to inquire about the use of NTSS services. Begin by checking with your local healthcare center, hospital or rehabilitation organization. Inquire about the possibility of installing technology using NTSS. Once installed, the organization can provide education designed to specifically meet the needs of the disabled individuals in your community.
In addition to education and medical support services, the NTSS also supports and sponsors expositions. At trade show expositions, your community can be exposed to the latest in healthcare services and be provided demonstrations on the latest in medical technology, assistive devices and even provide general wellness screenings. Education is one of the key focuses of these NTSS expositions, catering to both the disabled child but also to the health and welfare of the family members who support the special needs individual.
In many rural communities, the use and access to healthcare services are quite limited. In an effort to expand the access to services, many communities are turning to the services of the NTSS. If you are interested in supporting your rural community in providing greater resources and access to healthcare, especially for the disabled children, contact your local outreach center.