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Special Education

Special-needs children need better protection

Local children with disabilities are usually better off than those in less developed countries, but they are still harassed in schools, said Maggie Koong, a council member of Unicef Hong Kong.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 7:14am

Plea for all pupils, including those with special needs, to learn together

Wallace was a Primary One pupil. Diagnosed with dyslexia, he found reading and writing difficult. His classmates made fun of him and bullied him. His mother, faced with her son's deteriorating self-esteem, asked the school to give Wallace some extra help, but they told her that doing so would be unfair to other pupils.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:43am

Shorts: Sally Gardner and dyslexia

As a child, Sally Gardner was likened more to a sieve than a sponge. More information was lost than retained, and she was called a problem child, unteachable and lazy.

But there was a reason: Gardner had severe dyslexia, a lifelong learning disorder that typically manifests in reading, writing and spelling difficulties.

2 Oct 2012 - 12:52pm

Hong Kong's record on disabled rights attacked at UN

Hong Kong will be accused of falling short on protecting the rights of people with disabilities at a United Nations committee hearing later this month.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:47am

National education needs impartiality

The need for younger generations to understand more about their country is universal. Some of our neighbouring countries have long included national education in their curriculums. It makes sense for Hong Kong to do the same, especially since the city has been reunified with China for almost 15 years. But this is easier said than done.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

In the shadows

Zhang Yonghong sits on the floor of a busy Beijing subway, a few thin cushions his only protection from the cold ground. Surrounded by hundreds of paper cuttings, he leans forward with a knife, his face creased with concentration. He carefully carves folk images out of a piece of bright red paper.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Inclusion education is unwise

Under inclusion education, students with special needs study together with non-disabled students. I do not think that would be beneficial for Hong Kong students.

First, such a system imposes a burden on mainstream schools by requiring them to have extra resources for special-needs students. For example, schools will need to hire trained teachers for disabled students.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lessons on teaching with a difference

After studying psychology at university, Laura Lee was drawn to the special needs profession after working with autistic children.

'I was looking to gain some experience to continue my psychology studies and did a course in applied behaviour analysis, which is useful for working with people with autism,' says Lee, who studied at the University of Melbourne.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

More time to file disability bias case

The lawsuit of a mentally retarded boy alleging bias by the government for excluding his school from the native-English-speaking teacher (NET) scheme received sympathy from a High Court judge yesterday.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Nets ban at disabled school challenged

A mentally retarded boy is taking the education chief to court, accusing the government of bias for excluding his school from the native English-speaking teacher (NET) scheme.

Lawyers for Law Chi-yuen, 10, said the NET scheme was illegal and discriminatory because it applied to pupils with physical disabilities but not those who are mentally disabled.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am