Hong Kong's first blind singer Damon Leung Kau is advocating equal opportunities for the disabled through his music. Leung, who lost his sight following a measles attack when he was very young, said he was determined to prove that he was 'no different from others'. 'I don't think I am any different because everybody has some kind of disability. But they are luckier than me because their disabilities cannot be seen,' he said. Leung said handicapped people were easily frustrated because of discrimination by the public who lacked a proper understanding of their problems and needs. Many people believed the disabled needed extra care and assistance, but this was not the case. 'We have the same thinking and wisdom. We need to eliminate misunderstandings about our abilities. 'We also have to pay extra attention to what we say and our behaviour, because if we do something wrong in public, it will convey a wrong message,' he said. Leung, president of the public education committee and transport affairs spokesman for the Hong Kong Blind Union, hopes to raise awareness about the rights of the blind and become a role model for them. Apart from conducting seminars, Leung likes to use his songs to spread the message. He released his first solo album, Leung Kau ,nine years ago after taking part a talent quest organised by RTHK. He composed all the songs and lyrics, saying 'each song is a true reflection of my life'. Leung acknowledged few people supported him at the beginning because they did not accept a blind singer. The singer said he was upset by the treatment he received from a television station which he had contacted to promote his album. 'They treated me like a beggar. I still remember a director bringing a wheelchair into the studio. How can you associate the blind with a wheelchair? I am very sad because they don't understand our problems,' he said. Leung said there was still a long way to go in the fight against discrimination. 'I don't mind exploring my weaknesses and talking about difficulties in life. Discrimination motivates me to work harder. 'I still have more challenges ahead. I won't give up easily, because it will give people the wrong message that the disabled are inferior and dependent.' He said disabled fencer Cheung Wai-leung and Legislative Council candidate Chong Chan-yau were sources of inspiration, showing that anybody with courage and a clear set of goals could succeed.