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Students with Special Educational Needs

127.     We will strengthen the support for children with special needs and their families in four aspects:

  1. Early identification.  The Department of Health (DH) will strengthen the manpower of the multi-disciplinary healthcare teams of the Child Assessment Centres to provide early assessment and professional diagnosis;
  2. Early intervention.  Some 1 400 additional places for subvented pre-school rehabilitation services will be provided within the current Government's term.  Low-income families may apply for subsidy to obtain outside services for their children who are on the waiting list for subvented services so they can receive pre-school rehabilitation services as soon as possible.  Moreover, we will launch a pilot scheme through the Lotteries Fund to invite operators of subvented pre-school rehabilitation services to provide on-site rehabilitation services, so as to benefit children with special needs who are studying in kindergartens, or kindergarten-cum-child care centres as early as possible;
  3. Enhanced support for students.  We will invite the CCF to consider launching two programmes, including a cash grant for ordinary schools with relatively more students with special educational needs (SEN) and financial needs so that a designated teacher can be deployed to co-ordinate matters relating to SEN support, and enhance the academic expenses grant for post-secondary students with SEN and financial needs; and

  4. Enhanced support for parents.  We propose increasing the number of social workers in the existing subvented Parents/Relatives Resource Centres to improve parents’ ability to take care of their children with special needs, particularly young children.

Persons with Disabilities

128.     The Government will continue to enhance residential care services and day training and vocational rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities.  We will allocate more resources to hostels for moderately mentally handicapped persons and long stay care homes to reinforce the care and support for ageing service users.  We will also launch a pilot scheme through the Lotteries Fund to give better support to persons with autism and their parents or carers.



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