Patrick Wong Chiu-kwan. Age: 42. Occupation: Accounts officer, Hong Kong (Chai Wan) Technical College Career path: I became disabled when I was just 17: after primary education I worked as an apprentice at a barber shop, then suddenly one day I felt a pain in my lower body. Only a few hours later, I was paralysed from a tumour on my spinal cord. I stayed in hospital for two years because our home was on the sixth floor of a seven-storey building with no lift and I simply could not get there. In the hospital, a nurse encouraged me to learn English. When I eventually went home, my younger siblings were doing their secondary education and I studied with them. I started doing book-keeping and other jobs from home, then started full-time work. I have worked here for three years doing book-keeping and accounting. Wong's day: I live with my mother and brother in a Chai Wan public housing estate, which is near work. I get up at 6 am. The Hong Kong Rehabilitation Centre bus collects me an hour earlier than I need to be at work, but it only costs HK$200 a month which offsets the inflexibility of this form of transport. I can get where I need to go at work and I take my lunch so that I don't need to go out. I feel that I am able to do my job as well as anyone. The bus collects me again after work and I go straight home. In the evening, my brother and I play on the computer and I enjoy learning to speak English with the use of a CD-ROM. At weekends, I go on outings organised by the Hong Kong Island East Rehabilitation Centre as nearly all my friends are disabled. I also like listening to music and watching television. I have got used to my disability and how other people view me is not a concern of mine anymore. The major problem in Hong Kong is transport. I occasionally take the MTR and it's an improvement on the way it was a few years ago when MTR staff used to tell people in wheelchairs to go away. Taxi drivers won't take wheelchairs even now and that's restricting, but we do have the Rehabilitation Centre to help us. Without them, some of us would never be able to go anywhere at all. Salary: HK$11,00 a month. Ambition: To keep up with the rest of the world and also learn all I can about computers. Maybe someday I could even have a computer-related profession. Name: Li Chiu-kwan Age: 48. Occupation: Resource teacher at the Ebenezer School For The Blind. Career path: I was born in China, but came to Hong Kong as a child. I have a degree in Chinese Literature from the Chinese University. In 1978, I did my Diploma of Education at the Chinese University because in those days teachers were paid comparatively well and I thought it would be interesting. I worked for many years as an education officer in government schools, but then I started to go blind. At first, I thought I needed stronger glasses, but then I discovered I had a progressive disease which affects the retina and eventually leads to total blindness. I was forced to quit my teaching job because I could no longer do my best for my students. The Hong Kong Society For The Blind runs a rehabilitation programme which I enrolled in to learn how to cope, how to read braille and other skills I need. I also studied massage techniques in China so that I would be able to work as a masseuse if necessary. In 1995, I started my first job as a blind person at the Ebenezer School. Li's day: I live in Central with my wife and my two children who are both at university. I think my life is as normal as possible and at home I take care of myself and do all the things a husband and father does for his family. In the mornings, I catch a bus to work which is not that difficult because I know exactly what time the buses come. If I am really not sure, I can always ask someone, but I prefer to be independent. My job at Ebenezer entails a lot of translation from braille into Chinese or English and visa versa made possible by a special computer. The other part of my job is to counsel students and I think I have a valuable role to perform because I am the only visually-impaired teacher at the school and I am, therefore, able to empathise with their problems. I think I also have a stronger motivation than other teachers to study and then teach about reading aids, computer programmes and other subjects that may help students. Apart from working every day, I enjoy my family, I take swimming courses organised by the Society For The Physically Handicapped. I listen to music and sometimes I even go to the movies. Although I couldn't see the film, I could feel and hear the music of Evita. Salary: About HK$25,000 a month. Ambition: If I had ambitions, it would make me feel very sorry for myself so I don't have any.