I am a mother in Venezuela of a child with autism (he is now an adult). I am also the director of a center for the treatment of children with autism. The idea of being connected to people, to knowledge and to information regarding our needs is remote, especially for mothers whose main interest is the care of a person with a devastating disorder.
At a time in Venezuela when local politics has changed the future and sent us back to the 19th century, many of us Venezuelan's are still able to stay current with what is going on in the world, and to also make plans for the future. This is because technology connects us to people and resources abroad, so we can get the help we need to treat our patients and find the medicines for many illnesses and conditions. These medicines are scarce and almost non-existent in our country. And at this point it is impossible to travel and attend courses and conferences outside the country, or to even travel inside the country, so we rely even more on technology.
Now more than ever we need technology. The computers, tablets, cell phones and apps all help strengthen an NGO like ours. Thanks to technology we have medical consultations, we can translate scientific material into Spanish, we can attend special webinars, connect with centers of innovation, and find out what is going on to help our children within the autism spectrum.