The increasing influence of digital media on all aspects of life, especially the use of Internet and smartphone, has not left even the field of healthcare practice untouched. Telerehabilitation, implying the use of telecommunications in rehabilitation activities, is being used widely in the treatment of communication and mental health disorders. The use of telerehabilitation services makes rehabilitation more feasible, fast, time-saving and cost-effective for people who face constraints in physically presenting themselves to healthcare providers due to extent of retardation, illness or commuting issues. It is thus a boon for the people who stay in remote areas and have no access to healthcare professionals in close vicinity. Therefore, research is underway on the optimal means to deliver telerehabilitation services both locally and globally and is now seen as a critical activity in healthcare.
Tele-Special Education for Communication Disorders in India
India has been one of the countries to initiate specialized educational services for children with disabilities as early as the mid-1800s in the pre-independent colonial India by enthusiastic philanthropists, missionary institutions and enterprising caregivers. The first official acknowledgement of education of children with special needs in India was the report on the third Indian Education Commission. It highlighted the need for educating children with disabilities not only on humanitarian grounds but also on the grounds of utility intending to make them useful citizens (Kothari 1966). Since then the country has seen progressive changes in the field of special education, one of ...