At the Launching Ceremony of
CyberAble.net cum Seminar on "IT Opportunities
for People with Disabilities" today (December 6,
2002), the Director of Social Welfare, Mrs Carrie Lam
Cheng Yuet-ngor, said that with the growing popularity
of information technology (IT), people with disabilities
are now having more and more opportunity to come across
Social Welfare Department (SWD) has thus launched several
initiatives to assist them in using computer and the
Internet in their daily life, Mrs Lam added.
One of the initiatives is the
setting up of the CyberAble.net which is a barrier-free
portal website for different groups of people with disabilities.
It aims at providing people with
disabilities a user friendly website for browsing and
obtaining useful one-stop information, arousing public
awareness on the training and employment opportunities
that IT may bring about to people with disabilities,
and providing professionals working in rehabilitation
field with update information.
The CyberAble.net is part of the
three-year project "Promoting Access and Training
in IT for People with Disabilities" (the Project)
launched by the SWD in mid-2001. The Project is funded
by the Lotteries Fund with an allocation of about $30
the Project, more than 690 personal computers with Internet
facilities were installed in all rehabilitation service
units. A total of 15,000 training places and 600 trainers'
places would be provided in three years. At present,
about 4,700 training places had been offered by non-governmental
organizations and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
(HKPU) to people with disabilities and 65 trainers were
Also present at the Launching
Ceremony held at HKPU were Legislative Councillor (Social
Welfare), Mr Law Chi-kwong; Chair of Rehabilitation
Sciences and Head of Department, the HKPU, Professor
Christina Hui-Chan; and the Associate Professor, Department
of Computer Science and Information Systems, University
of Hong Kong, Dr Tse Tsun-him.
the ceremony, a seminar was held to let professionals
in the rehabilitation field and people with disabilities
share their experience in using the net.
Speakers of the seminar included
Dr Tse Tsun-him who spoke on "Issues on IT Accessibility";
while Mr Kenneth Lau of the Interactive Communication
Online Networks Ltd explored "From Disabled to
Abled Web - Today and Tomorrow's Solution"; Dr
Cecilia Li of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences,
the HKPU, discussed "IT Training for People with
Mental Handicap: Linking Research into Clinical Services";
Mr Lo Tak-kwan, beneficiary of the SWD's Central Fund
for Personal Computer, presented "Employment Opportunities
Brought by IT to People with Disabilities"; and
Ms Winly Sham, parent of a mentally handicapped child,
shared the benefits that her child gained in using IT
to the audiences.
of the Launching Ceremony Seminar
the Slideshow from the Seminar :
Issues in IT Accessibility
||From Disabled to Abled Web
Ceremony of Ceremony of CyberAble.net cum Serminar
on "IT Opportunities for People with Disabilities"
section is not applied in English version.)