For children with disabilities and developmental delays, early intervention therapy can lead to individual empowerment and skill development, while reducing caregiver strain. In rural and marginalized areas like the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, however, lack of access to accurate diagnoses, therapists, facilities, or finances can prevent families from accessing the treatments their children need.
The team at Amar Seva Sangam has created the mobile Village-Based Rehabilitation app (mVBRI), which provides training and technological tools for community rehabilitation workers serving children with disabilities. Using the app, workers can offer hands-on, inclusive programming that enables children’s development and their caregivers’ empowerment.
mVBRI first connects families with community rehabilitation workers in their area. The workers then assess the children’s needs and provide free, in-home therapy with support from remote specialists through the app. The community workers also train caregivers to provide daily therapy themselves and offer psychological support and networking opportunities for participating parents and families.