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taking full advantage of it.
Online services have made keep-
ing in contact with family members
possible and affordable. The Internet
allows us to order many of the staples
we need while living abroad, manage
our bank accounts and, for many
Foreign Service spouses, run a busi-
ness or develop a career while moving
from post to post.
So why shouldn’t we embrace tech-
nological advances that ensure a more
promising future for our special needs
children?
To be sure, there is no guarantee
that telepractice is going to be the
answer for everyone. Each individual
Foreign Service family and State’s
Employee Consultative Services will
have to make that determination.
But to those who wonder whether
it really works, I like to point out: If
surgeons can direct delicate opera-
tions taking place in remote African
villages, as they are, online; then I can
certainly use telepractice to teach
your kid how to make an “r.”