Heep Hong Society
We pioneer and create a better tomorrow for children and young people with diverse needs.
Established in 1963, Heep Hong Society is a leading children education and rehabilitation organisation committed to helping children and youth of diverse needs. We offer professional assessment, guidance, training and family support, thereby contributing to an inclusive society. Our 1,000-strong team serve more than 15,000 families every year at over 50 service units, as well as mainstream kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. As an innovative service provider, Heep Hong Society is dedicated to developing evidence-based approaches and promoting the development of the integrated education and rehabilitation sectors in the Greater China region through a suite of research, training, publications and tools.
A group of volunteers provided recreational activities at the Sandilands Girl Guides Hut for children suffering from poliomyelitis. Mrs Catherine Lo was elected as the first Chairman of Heep Hong Club.Details
Healthy Kids Centre, the first child care centre of Heep Hong, commenced operation in June and started to provide integrated service for six children with minor disabilities in September.Details
Heep Hong officially changed its name from "Heep Hong Society for Handicapped Children" to "Heep Hong Society", as well as changed its registration status to a society limited by guarantee under the Companies Ordinance on April 9.Details
Launched a self-financed service, the Supportive Learning Project (SLP), to provide timely intervention to special needs children. School based service was available to both special schools and ordinary primary schools.Details
The first Charity Walk and Christmas Carnival cum the Inauguration of Heep Hong Parents Association were held on December 23 at Hong Kong Sports Institute. Over 3,500 people participated in it.Details
Heep Hong Society pioneered the operation of a mixed-mode centre in Fu Cheong Estate in Cheung Sha Wan for providing the services of Early Education and Training Centre and Special Child Care Centre.Details
The Society collaborated with the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) in developing two academic programmes ─ “Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Special Educational Needs)” and ‘Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education (Special Educational Needs)’ in September. Both programmes were recognised by the Social Welfare Department as equivalent to the one-year in-service course in special child care work. Graduates of the degree programmes will be considered as meeting the Education Bureau’s academic entry qualification for kindergarten principals. The Special Education Scholarship Fund, sponsored by ‘Joseph Lau Luen-hung Charitable Trust’, was set up to offer scholarship awards and practicum opportunities for in-service child workers as well as study awards for parent members of the Society.Details
In March, the Society set up the Children Training Fund to marshal public donations with the goal of sustaining its social-communication, social adaptation and professional training services to deprived children with autism or other special needs.Details
For more systemic sharing of professional knowledge and training strategies with practitioners and parents, Heep Hong Society consolidated its resources to establish the Academy for Professional Education and Development (APED). The inauguration ceremony was held on 15 November with Miss Annie Tam, Permanent Secretary for Labour and Welfare, as the officiating guest. On the same occasion, APED held the Seminar on “Early Intervention and Integrated Support Identification and Support for Kindergarten Students with Special Educational Needs”. Dr Maggie Koong, World President of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education, shared her views on the international trends in support services for special needs children at kindergarten, while the professional team of the Society elaborated on practical methods to identify and support those children.Details
Heep Hong Society established the Jockey Club STAR Resource Centre in Oi Man Estate, Homantin in September and held the opening ceremony on 12 December. Officiated by Chief Secretary for Administration Mrs Carrie Lam and Deputy Chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Mr Anthony Chow, the new Centre represents a new service model to support individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Hong Kong.Details
Heep Hong Society formed four teams of professionals to join the “Pilot Scheme on On-site Pre-school Rehabilitation Services” initiated by the Social Welfare Department. Heep Hong Society was invited to present the effective service model of its “Early Intervention and Integrated Support for Kindergarten Students with Special Educational Needs” project sponsored by the Lee Hysan Foundation at the launch of the Pilot Scheme on 14 November. The Society assembled four teams to participate in the Pilot Scheme.Details
The Heep Hong Society Integrated Service Complex (ISC) Grand Opening Ceremony was held on 17 March with the Hon Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Dr Eric Li Ka-cheung, Steward of the Hong Kong Jockey Club as the officiating guests. Nearly 300 guests from the Hong Kong SAR government and social welfare, medical, educational and business sectors attended. the event, which also celebrated the 55th Anniversary of the Society.Details
The Heep Hong Society Integrated Service Complex (ISC) officially opened in March. As the first of its kind in Hong Kong providing one-stop education and training services, it houses a special child care centre and an early education and training centre of the largest capacity in Hong Kong, a parents resource centre as well as a diverse range of on-site school support services, youth vocational training and Supportive Learning Project programmes. The ISC provides a comprehensive range of support services to cater to the diverse needs of children, youth and their families. Learn more: www.heephong.org/eng/whatsnews/detail/heep-hong-society-integrated-service-complex-grand-opening-ceremonyDetails
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