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Project Highlights

Press Conference on Supporting the Hearing Impaired Tertiary Students (July 17, 2014)

In 2014, the Society conducted two focus group interviews about “the difficulties of hearing impaired students in tertiary education” and organized a press conference on “Supporting the Hearing Impaired Tertiary Students” to announce the related reports and suggestions.

During the press conference, five hearing impaired students shared their difficulties before and after enrolling in tertiary education. Dr. Kenneth Sin, Chairman of the Society’s Hearing Impaired Students Support Service Committee and Research Advisory Committee, as well as Director Mrs. Winnie Wong raised the following suggestions: The tertiary institutions should organize “Info Days” specially for disabled students, which introduced the teaching approaches, curriculum characteristics and highlights of different subjects for hearing impaired students to select suitable courses; provide note-takers for students, and hire specific staff to coordinate issues related to students with special educational needs.

The Society urged the Government to offer sufficient resources for tertiary institutions to provide assistance to hearing impaired students, in order to minimize the impact of hearing impairment and guide them toward barrier-free studies.

 

Press Conference on Hearing Impaired Persons’ Demand for Sign Language News and Information (November 4, 2014)

The Society conducted a survey of “Hearing Impaired Persons’ Demand for Sign Language News and Information” in July and August 2014, as well as organizing a press conference to announce the survey results and suggestions.

Mr. Lai Boon Lap, Chairman of the Society’s Committee of Deaf Members illustrated the key findings, including: Most (85.9%) interviewees believed that sign language interpretation should be added to television news programmes; and around half (49.6%) of the interviewees believed that television operators should broadcast two sign language news sessions daily. Director Mrs. Winnie Wong raised the following suggestions: Hong Kong’s television operators must provide 24-hour subtitle service for news reports, and add sign language presenters in news sessions based on the experience of PTS Sign Language News of Taiwan; The Communications Authority should add the requirement of “providing sign language interpretation in television news” for terms of conditions related to the renewal of TV license; The Government should hire professional sign language interpreters when announcing the latest information.

As we progress with the times and technology, the Society believes that the Government must adopt more stringent regulations and comprehensive arrangements for television broadcasting. Apart from extending the periods of compulsory subtitle service, the arrangements for subtitles in live programmes and additional sign language interpretation should be improved, in order to ensure the equal right of information intake of the hearing impaired community.

 

Interview with Employers

The employment situation of hearing impaired community has not been satisfactory. Although some employers are willing to hire hearing impaired persons, their employment rate still fails to increase. To learn more about these employers’ requirements, so as to provide more appropriate training to hearing impaired members, we have conducted interview with six employers from various sectors, including catering, technology and hotel industries.

Most of the interviewees believed that despite the disability of hearing impaired persons, they are more attentive and patient than their hearing counterpart. Thus hiring hearing impaired employees could result in a win-win situation.

 

Attending Public Hearings and Submitting Policy Papers
Public Hearing of Legislative Council – Panel on Welfare Services

The Government is dedicated to enhancing the life quality of the elderly to promote their sense of belonging, sense of security and sense of worthiness. However, Hong Kong has to face an emerging problem of ageing population. According to the official statistics, there were around one million citizens aged over 65 in 2013, which accounted for 14.2% of the population. While by 2030, the number of elderly would increase to 2.1 million, which occupied 25.9% of the population. In other words, one in every four Hong Kong residents will be 65 or above.

To solve the problems related to an ageing population, the Government has launched a consultation on the Elderly Services Programme Plan (ESPP) and our representatives have attended the consultation forum. In addition, there are not any residential care homes specially designed for hearing impaired elderly in Hong Kong yet. Since most of such elderly find it difficult to adapt to the ordinary care homes, we have passed a submission to the Panel, outlining that the Government should establish care homes specially for hearing impaired aged.

 

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