Inclusive Education Support Service
Integrated Education Resource Centre
Undertaking the previous four years of integrated education support activities, the Integrated Education Resource Centre was established in September 2014 on a self-financing basis, a portion of the activity expenses is later funded by the Community Chest. The Centre aims to assist hearing impaired students to adapt to the academic life in ordinary schools, through providing support service to them, their parents and schools. Moreover, we hope to encourage the community to understand issues related to hearing impairment, in order to create a caring and inclusive environment in both school and society, so that hearing impaired students can integrate into the mainstream education.
Service HighlightsSupport to Students and Parents
A great variety of courses such as tuition, English enhancement, Chinese creative writing, sports and fine arts classes were organized to cultivate hearing impaired students’ diversified development, consolidate their learning foundation and develop their critical thinking.
To help parents understand different admission systems and select the most suitable schools for their children, talks and individual consultation services were arranged for parents and students enrolled in primary and secondary schools. Staff also accompanied parents to visit the schools of their preference. In addition, the Centre regularly organized sharing sessions with the Hearing Impaired Children Parents Association to illustrate further education details.
Support to Schools
Staff from the Centre regularly visited the primary schools of our child care centres’ graduates to exchange views with their learning support officers and teachers, as well as providing students’ threshold audiogram and training progress report for the schools’ preparation, ensuring that students could adapt to the mainstream education. Teachers were also invited to formulate students’ individual learning plan, in order to offer appropriate service to them.
Ho Ngai College (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen) and Lock Tao Secondary School were invited to participate in the School Partnership Scheme to receive our support service for their hearing impaired students, and the kick-off ceremonies were held in September 2014. The Sign Language Experience Course was organized in Lock Tao, while the “Let’s Learn via Language” Scheme was arranged in Ho Ngai under the guidance of Education Bureau. The Centre also organized “Career Planning and Community Resource” talks for the two schools.
The Society worked closely with different tertiary institutions and universities to discuss the needs of hearing impaired students, as well as introducing our support service to them, such as organizing integrated activities and assisting in scholarship application. On August 29, 2014, we were invited by the Centre of Development and Resources for Students of the University of Hong Kong to share information about “the Needs and Challenges of Hearing Impaired Students” and “Note-taking” Subsidy Scheme. A current hearing impaired student at HKU also shared his/her personal experience.
On the other hand, the Society participated in the “Special Educational Needs Empowerment Project for Pre-service Teachers”, organized by the Centre for Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education of the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and sponsored by Lee Hysan Foundation. As one of the collaborators for two years, we would welcome pre-service teachers to undergo internship in our centres during summer holidays to gain experience of teaching hearing impaired students.
The Centre organized talks of “One heart one path for growth” and “Love+ FUN campus” for different organizations and schools to enhance the community understanding of hearing impaired persons, as well as encouraging participants to learn more about the needs and challenge of their hearing impaired counterpart through experiencing games and sharing session, in order to create a caring and inclusive culture.