Chief Executive Officer's Message
Welcome to Heep Hong Society's website.
For over half a century, Heep Hong Society has been providing professional training and education to children and youth of different abilities and their families, with the mission of helping them develop their potential and lead a fulfilling life.
Children with special needs and their parents are like runners taking part in an endurance race on an obstacle course and they need both professional support and mutual encouragement throughout all stages of their lives. This year, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Heep Hong Society had to stop in-person classroom work and training sessions for an extended period of time. This affected the learning progress of students and increased pressure on parents. In the face of these extraordinary hardships, the Society's professionals managed to provide support through individual training, online teaching, and more. Please let me highlight our work in five main service areas:
Evidence-based support for children with diverse abilities
Under the sponsorship of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, we launched the iRead & iLearn Support Programme, which provide support for children who are at risk of Dyslexia through developing electronic learning materials, paired reading schemes and public education. Our Academy for Professional Education and Development (APED) was also licensed to offer accredited trainer courses for Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT) to guide parents on how to provide early intervention to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our occupational therapists also published a book called “From Attention to Goal”, which received an overwhelmingly positive response.
Expanding pre-school rehabilitation services to intervene early
Over the past year, the Society's OPRS team served more than 1,000 children with special needs who were studying in mainstream kindergartens. The Pilot Scheme on Social Work Services for Pre-primary Institutions (PPI) also expanded the size of the team, serving 32 kindergarten. In August 2020, we also launched the Pilot Project on Tier 1 Support Services in Kindergartens/ Kindergarten-cum-Child Care Centres implemented by the Social Welfare Department to support children who are suspected of having developmental disabilities or are waiting for assessment.
Caring for growth, supporting youth employment
A vital aspect of our service development is providing continuous support to young people with special needs. This year, on International Youth Day, the Society released a study on the independent living ability of young people with ASD. We have been advocating that the government implement a pilot independent living training programme with NGOs to support the future needs of young people with High-Functioning Autism. At the same time, with the support of the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged and the Rotary Club of The Peak, we implemented Project G.R.O.W. and our Vocational Training and Internship Programme for Special Educational Needs (VIP-SEN), helping to equip these individual for future work.
Imparting knowledge to parents and businesses
During the pandemic-related suspension of classes, our professional teams designed a brand-new Distance Learning Project – Parent-child education series which allowed parents to participate in online parenting education courses at home for free. Sponsored by the Bank of China Hong Kong Centenary Charity Programme, we implemented the SEN Family Academy to help parents become more confident and efficient in raising children with SEN.
Talent School inspires multiple intelligences
Children and young people with special needs often encounter difficulties with participating in interest classes. In view of this, to help these children discover their talents and build self-confidence, during the year the Heep Hong Talent School organised a number of interest classes including pottery, Latin dance and harmony pastel art to help them explore and develop their talent.
As always, your feedback is important to us in our continuous endeavour to improve our work. We appreciate any comments you may have on any aspects of our services.
Chief Executive Officer
Heep Hong Society