Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 August, 2005, 12:00am

Address: 4/F Causeway Bay Community Centre,

7 Fook Yum Road, Causeway Bay

What: Promoting the idea that 'arts are for everyone', Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADA) has been organising stage performances, exhibitions, arts festivals, training classes, workshops and leisure activities for people with disabilities since its formation in 1986. Its founding followed the first Hong Kong Festival of Arts with the Disabled. Its logo - two interlocked jigsaw-puzzles - represents the harmonious relationship and mutual co-operation between people with and without disabilities in both life and artistic creations.

How: Visit ADA needs volunteers - with or without artistic expertise - to help with activities or arts days in special schools, which is part of Jockey Club Arts for the Disabled Scheme. Special schools interested in holding an arts day can call ADA on 2855 9548 for more information.

Volunteer: Jack Cheung Ki-tang, 20, is a student at City University. He has been doing volunteer work for ADA since June.

'I helped ADA organise its recent flag sales day and have assisted in four of its arts days at special schools. Art tutors taught them a wide variety of activities, such as painting or creating puppets.

Our emphasis is on having the students develop their abilities during the creative process.

The students greatly enjoyed the creative process, which involved activities such as using acrylics to paint or crafting three-dimensional artworks from old newspapers. The atmosphere was fabulous once the teachers got involved and had fun together with the students.

I don't believe that art always has to be beautiful. It's more about expressing one's ideas and feelings. When the students are happy and use their paintbrushes to express themselves, the work itself is a cheerful painting.

I have done volunteer services for the blind before, but my experience with ADA allowed me to have contact with different kinds of people with special needs.

In order to have successful and mutual co-operation with people who have disabilities, able-bodied people must be patient and put in the effort to understand their counterparts.

People with special needs have their own abilities and qualities within that rarely get an opportunity to be developed. I think they should have more opportunities to create art.'