About the Project
Communication disorders are seen in persons (adult and children) with hearing impairment, cleft lip and palate, autism, mental retardation, stuttering, stroke, cerebral palsy etc. In rural areas, speech therapy and audiology services are non-existent. Thus, individuals with communication disorders have several barriers in accessing services and rehabilitation programs.
We have two on-going community based projects to reach speech and hearing services to individuals living in rural areas. The first project utilizes trained community workers to screen hearing of newborns and children with a screening device. Those children who require detailed diagnostic evaluation are assessed using mobile telemedicine facility. This project covers 27 villages and over 3000 children in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu.
The other project based in Thiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu focuses on comprehensive management of individuals with cleft lip and palate. Community workers are trained to identify/ screen and refer individuals for appropriate management to the hospital. Further, community workers are trained also to provide basic speech correction services in child’s home or school under supervision by Speech therapist. Over 300 individuals in Thiruvannamalai are beneficiaries of this project.
These projects are currently being managed and monitored through field visits by audiologists and speech therapists. Follow up and review is based on written documentation by the community worker. Such a process results in large data that is difficult to be reviewed, and despite the checks and balances it is possible to miss beneficiaries or to monitor quality of service. The penetration of telephone and internet within these villages provides the opportunity for managing these projects using ICT. Developing an e platform for the management of these projects will ensure that potential beneficiaries are reached and provided services in timely manner and the quality of service is not compromised.
In the project, a mobile application software will be developed for use on a GPRS enabled mobile phone. The community worker will be trained to use this mobile application, using which beneficiaries in rural locations can be mapped (using GPRS). This software will also enable community worker to document beneficiary information such as; demographic information, results of any screening procedures, video or audio sample. The mobile application will be linked to an e-platform so that data can be accessed through a cloud server by the host (hospital/ project admin). Thus enabling more efficient service delivery.
Project Action Plan
Project Action Plan
1To develop mobile application and data management software
To develop mobile application and data management software
2Procure necessary hardware
Procure necessary hardware
3Training community workers in using the mobile application for the two existing community based projects a) Focussing on Audiology: early identification of hearing loss in infants in rural areas. b) Speech therapy: speech correction service delivered by community based workers to children with cleft lip and palate in rural areas
Training community workers in using the mobile application for the two existing community based projects
a) Focussing on Audiology: early identification of hearing loss in infants in rural areas.
b) Speech therapy: speech correction service delivered by community based workers to children with cleft lip and palate in rural areas
4Apply the mobile application based data management system with two existing community based initiatives.
Apply the mobile application based data management system with two existing community based initiatives.
Why should you vote for this project?
- - It provides speech therapy and audiology services to rural areas, where they otherwise would not exist.
- - Through the mobile application: assessment/intervention can be provided to beneficiary without delay and quality of service can be monitored real-time.
- - Through the mobile application: accurate documentation and regular review of beneficiaries can be ensured.
Who will this help Rise
a) Individuals with communication disorders due to hearing loss, mental retardation, autism, cleft lip and palate, cerebral palsy, stuttering etc
b) Trained community workers
c) Organizations providing community based services in the area of health and disability in rural areas.
How will this help them Rise?
SMART phones that are GPS enabled for loading application ,SIM cards with GPRS facility,computers to support the e-platform,hosting services
This Project Needs
15 SMART phones that are GPS enabled for loading application
15 SIM cards with GPRS facility
2 computers to support the e-platform
1 hosting services