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Newly Approved Projects (July 2019 - December 2019)

 

SLCO Community Resources

A New Milestone for Educating Deaf and Hearing Students:Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment

 

The project aims to address the perennial difficulty faced by deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) children raised and educated under the misconceived “oral-only” approach in Hong Kong, and to explore how best to benefit both DHH and hearing children within the system of inclusive education. This project was based on an experimental programme established since 2006 by the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies of CUHK. In the SLCO model (Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment), 1 sign bilingual hearing teacher and 1 deaf teacher are placed into each class and they co-teach in all the subjects on the mainstream curriculum. Apart from regular classes, the deaf students are provided with additional support in the form of pre- /after-school coaching, pull-out sessions, language enhancement programmes as well as speech therapy when assessed necessary. Moreover, under a whole-school approach, frequent school activities are launched to enhance social integration among the DHH and hearing students. At the same time, sign language trainings are provided to the teachers, parents and even the hearing students. An online sign language vocabulary platform has been launched, the first of its kind in HK and the development of resource/teaching materials continued to expand in volume.  The Foundation’s support to the project started from 2014 and is extended for three years in August 2019 so as to continue promoting this innovative and impactful education model in Hong Kong and overseas.

 


HK Unison

Advocacy of equal rights for ethnic minorities

 

The ethnic minorities in Hong Kong have been facing great difficulties to integrate into the local mainstream society. The young generation cannot enjoy equal opportunities in education and employment, largely because of defective education policies and racial discrimination/prejudice. The Hong Kong Unison believes that the mere provision of direct social services (e.g. Chinese classes, recreational and cultural activities) cannot improve their life chances. Changes in the current systems and policies are required to safeguard their rights and opportunities that they deserve. The Advocacy of Equal Rights for Ethnic Minorities aims to advocate for and monitor the effective enforcement of the Race Discrimination Ordinance; advocate the establishment of a curriculum of Chinese as a second language for these school children to learn Chinese effectively, to improve the overall quality of education and to prevent cross-generational poverty; strive for better opportunities of on-the-job training and employment for these youngsters. The Project’s achievements prompted a two-year extended support to 2021.

 


Chinese Evangelical Zion Church

“Regain Momentum”--Socially Withdrawn Youth Counseling Programme

 

The project aims to enhance the self-esteem and confidence of the youths with social withdrawal behaviours (‘hidden youths’) and re-engage them in study or work by individual counselling and group activities together with animal-assisted therapy (AAT). Clinical assessment and treatment are provided by psychiatric consultant and clinical psychologist whenever necessary. HKU has been a close partner on impact evaluation and the findings are remarkably positive. With the individual tailor-made psychological, rehabilitative and occupational therapeutic plan, the youths who are inadequate in social communication and/or having psychological disturbance could be led out of their own closed world, linked up with people again, and reintegrate into the community. The fourth phase of the project started in July 2019.

 


Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, HKU

Skeletal Dysplasia project (Shenzhen)

 

Skeletal dysplasia is a rare bone disease. The understanding of this condition is relatively poor making treatment suboptimal to these patients. The Project will establish a well-coordinated multidisciplinary service to treat these patients in HKU Shenzhen Hospital and support 10-20 needy patients who cannot afford treatments each year. The project will also develop a unique platform to educate the healthcare providers, provide research opportunities for new treatment developments and, potentially benefiting millions of patients worldwide. This project has commenced in July 2019.

 


Society for Community Organization

SHARE – Community Share Houses operated by SoCO

 

The SHARE scheme transforms vacant private units into transitional housing suitable for living, providing low-cost, short-term residences to grassroots families who are waiting for public housing, lacking suitable accommodation and facing heavy economic pressure. In addition to housing support, the project also provides case counselling and family support services to these families to help them enhance their quality of life.

 

The second phase of the project has started in June 2019 and is expected to provide housing to 8-9 low-income needy households by the end of the year.

 

 

SLCO Community Resources

A New Milestone for Educating Deaf and Hearing Students:Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment

 

The project aims to address the perennial difficulty faced by deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) children raised and educated under the misconceived “oral-only” approach in Hong Kong, and to explore how best to benefit both DHH and hearing children within the system of inclusive education. This project was based on an experimental programme established since 2006 by the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies of CUHK. In the SLCO model (Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment), 1 sign bilingual hearing teacher and 1 deaf teacher are placed into each class and they co-teach in all the subjects on the mainstream curriculum. Apart from regular classes, the deaf students are provided with additional support in the form of pre- /after-school coaching, pull-out sessions, language enhancement programmes as well as speech therapy when assessed necessary. Moreover, under a whole-school approach, frequent school activities are launched to enhance social integration among the DHH and hearing students. At the same time, sign language trainings are provided to the teachers, parents and even the hearing students. An online sign language vocabulary platform has been launched, the first of its kind in HK and the development of resource/teaching materials continued to expand in volume.  The Foundation’s support to the project started from 2014 and is extended for three years in August 2019 so as to continue promoting this innovative and impactful education model in Hong Kong and overseas.

 


HK Unison

Advocacy of equal rights for ethnic minorities

 

The ethnic minorities in Hong Kong have been facing great difficulties to integrate into the local mainstream society. The young generation cannot enjoy equal opportunities in education and employment, largely because of defective education policies and racial discrimination/prejudice. The Hong Kong Unison believes that the mere provision of direct social services (e.g. Chinese classes, recreational and cultural activities) cannot improve their life chances. Changes in the current systems and policies are required to safeguard their rights and opportunities that they deserve. The Advocacy of Equal Rights for Ethnic Minorities aims to advocate and monitor the effective enforcement of the Race Discrimination Ordinance; advocate for the establishment of a curriculum of Chinese as a second language for these school children to learn Chinese effectively, to improve the overall quality of education and to prevent cross-generational poverty; strive for better opportunities of on-the-job training and employment for these youngsters. The Project’s achievements prompted a two-year extended support to 2021.

 


Chinese Evangelical Zion Church

“Regain Momentum”--Socially Withdrawn Youth Counseling Programme

 

The project aims to enhance the self-esteem and confidence of the youths with social withdrawal behaviours (‘hidden youths’) and re-engage them in study or work by individual counselling and group activities together with animal-assisted therapy (AAT). Clinical assessment and treatment are provided by psychiatric consultant and clinical psychologist whenever necessary. HKU has been a close partner on impact evaluation and the findings are remarkably positive. With the individual tailor-made psychological, rehabilitative and occupational therapeutic plan, the youths who are inadequate in social communication and/or having psychological disturbance could be led out of their own closed world, linked up with people again, and reintegrate into the community. The fourth phase of the project started in July 2019.

 


Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, HKU

Skeletal Dysplasia project (Shenzhen)

 

Skeletal dysplasia is a rare bone disease. The understanding of this condition is relatively poor making treatment suboptimal to these patients. The Project will establish a well-coordinated multidisciplinary service to treat these patients in HKU Shenzhen Hospital and support 10-20 needy patients who cannot afford treatments each year. The project will also develop a unique platform to educate the healthcare providers, provide research opportunities for new treatment developments and, potentially benefiting millions of patients worldwide. This project has commenced in July 2019.

 


Society for Community Organization

SHARE – Community Share Houses operated by SoCO

 

The SHARE scheme transforms vacant private units into transitional housing suitable for living, providing low-cost, short-term residences to grassroots families who are waiting for public housing, lacking suitable accommodation and facing heavy economic pressure. In addition to housing support, the project also provides case counselling and family support services to these families to help them enhance their quality of life.

 

The second phase of the project has started in June 2019 and is expected to provide housing to 8-9 low-income needy households by the end of the year.