First Lady Betty Tung Chiu Hung-ping has urged the community to be more accepting of families with disabled children. Mrs Tung was speaking at the opening of the Heep Hong Society For Handicapped Children's parents' centre in Wan Chai. As a mother of three and a grandmother of five, she understood the demands of being a parent, Mrs Tung said. 'I know the joy and pain of bringing up a child. 'Parents of handicapped children have been brave in facing the challenges of bringing up their children,' said Mrs Tung. 'There is no one correct formula that tells you how to deal with a child, let alone a handicapped one. 'That is the beauty of the parents' resource centre. It is a place where parents can get together and talk about things of mutual concern. 'When you talk things over, you get moral support,' said Mrs Tung, who is a patron of the society. 'This support gives you the strength to say, 'Things are not as bad as all that'.' The parents' centre - funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club - is Heep Hong's third resource centre. It runs similar operations in Tai Po and at Tai Hang Tung Estate, Shekkipmei. The 144 square-metre centre includes a toy library, a parent-child and reference library and rooms for workshops, support group meetings and other activities. Director of the society Nancy Tsang Lan-see said there were many schools that worked with the special needs of disabled children, but few organisations dealt with the needs of their parents. 'Some of these parents have not dined out for more than 10 years because they have a disabled child,' Ms Tsang said. The parents' resource centre provided a break for couples to be able to share their experiences and difficulties in group discussions. Existing facilities for parents with disabled children were 'inadequate', Ms Tsang said. Six government-run resource centres handled 300 families a year. The Heep Hong society handled 600 families at its centres every year, she added. 'The demand by parents seeking help is great. 'We cannot reject them.' Ms Tsang said she hoped the Government would set up at least one resource centre in every district. 'There is only one government-run parents' centre on Hong Kong island, for instance. 'Many parents do not know about the services and therefore do not come for help. 'Others find the centres are inaccessible and cannot make it there,' she said.