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Work is not only a way to earn a living, but also a means to recognise one’s own abilities, and to realise one’s goals and dreams, so as to make one’s life complete - in today’s civilised society, the right to work is the basic right of each and every person, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) should never be treated differently.

The community has the obligation to provide PWDs with appropriate support in the work environment. “Support” sometimes refers to changing the physical work environment (the provision of barrier-free facilities or tools). However, what is more important is to change people’s ways of thinking, or even the workplace culture (to put aside prejudice and get to know that PWDs are also talented; respect differences and treat others equally with sincerity). Meanwhile, PWDs should improve themselves through continuous self-enhancement, so that they can cope with the market needs.

On that account, persons with disabilities must work together with their accompanying persons in order to improve their employment situation effectively.
The six episodes of the television documentary “Talent-wise Employment 2020” records six stories about the employment of persons with disabilities. Through various features and perspectives, and the real-life experience sharing of the case protagonists and their accompanying persons, we hope to trigger the community’s awareness and discussion on the employment issues of persons with disabilities. During this particular time when the society is facing an economic downturn and increase of unemployment rate, all trades and industries should explore how to walk together with persons with disabilities.


The contents of the six episodes are as follows:

• New operational mindset of social enterprise
• Visually impaired student participates in career planning to prepare for employment
• Employer provides vocational training and job vacancies for the deaf and people with hearing impairment
• Employment and development of highly educated persons with disabilities
• Autistic person overcomes limitations to achieve diversified development
• Employee with disability pursues his / her dream

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19/10/2021
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Although persons with disabilities are different from the general public, they can pursue targets and dreams as long as they keep on going.

Cecilia, who lost her sight at the age of three, grew up in the Mainland. She came to Hong Kong to reunite with her family at 14 years old, and started to receive formal education. She spent six months studying hard to catch up with primary school curriculum, and eventually gain admission to Primary 4. After that, she kept on studying until her graduation from the university. Then she started working at the “Dialogue in the Dark Exhibition”. Her colleagues have never doubted her ability to work and take care of herself. Cecilia was deeply impressed by the people and things she came across when she arrived in Hong Kong, especially the social workers and teachers who cared about her. Not only did they help her soothe her emotions and get to know the world, but also prompted her to study a Master programme in counselling after graduating from the university, such that she could help the others as an experienced hand. Although Cecilia encountered many difficulties because of her identity as a visually impaired person, she did not negate herself for being different, as she knew that she has the right to pursue her dream.

Bobby started to work with Blackie KO, the famous stuntman, in the film industry when he was 10-odd years old, and he witnessed the most prosperous period of Hong Kong film industry. After Blackie passed away, Bobby earned his living by driving cross boundary coach. However, a traffic accident took away his two legs. After the accident, he spent a few years to get used to his body afresh and learned to perceive limit as limitless. By a happy coincidence, he got an electric wheelchair as present and was able to get around freely from then on. He obtained the driving license again and started to drive modified taxi. Driving helps him retrieve the feeling of being equal to other people just like before the accident. Since then, he has been determined to help other people. He helped people repair their electric wheelchairs with his mechanical knowledge gained when he worked in the film industry. Presently, Bobby mainly focuses on managing his Hong Kong-style café, while sometimes he drives taxi as a part time job, repairs wheelchairs for free and does other voluntary work. The business of his café gets on track gradually with the help of his friends with disabilities. Apart from pursuing his business, Bobby also utilises his mechanical knowledge to help other wheelchair users as an experienced hand. He always says, “After losing my legs, I own more than before.”

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09 - 10
2021
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  • I am not Going to Build Walls Around Me

    I am not Going to Build Walls Around Me

    Although persons with disabilities are different from the general public, they can pursue targets and dreams as long as they keep on going.

    Cecilia, who lost her sight at the age of three, grew up in the Mainland. She came to Hong Kong to reunite with her family at 14 years old, and started to receive formal education. She spent six months studying hard to catch up with primary school curriculum, and eventually gain admission to Primary 4. After that, she kept on studying until her graduation from the university. Then she started working at the “Dialogue in the Dark Exhibition”. Her colleagues have never doubted her ability to work and take care of herself. Cecilia was deeply impressed by the people and things she came across when she arrived in Hong Kong, especially the social workers and teachers who cared about her. Not only did they help her soothe her emotions and get to know the world, but also prompted her to study a Master programme in counselling after graduating from the university, such that she could help the others as an experienced hand. Although Cecilia encountered many difficulties because of her identity as a visually impaired person, she did not negate herself for being different, as she knew that she has the right to pursue her dream.

    Bobby started to work with Blackie KO, the famous stuntman, in the film industry when he was 10-odd years old, and he witnessed the most prosperous period of Hong Kong film industry. After Blackie passed away, Bobby earned his living by driving cross boundary coach. However, a traffic accident took away his two legs. After the accident, he spent a few years to get used to his body afresh and learned to perceive limit as limitless. By a happy coincidence, he got an electric wheelchair as present and was able to get around freely from then on. He obtained the driving license again and started to drive modified taxi. Driving helps him retrieve the feeling of being equal to other people just like before the accident. Since then, he has been determined to help other people. He helped people repair their electric wheelchairs with his mechanical knowledge gained when he worked in the film industry. Presently, Bobby mainly focuses on managing his Hong Kong-style café, while sometimes he drives taxi as a part time job, repairs wheelchairs for free and does other voluntary work. The business of his café gets on track gradually with the help of his friends with disabilities. Apart from pursuing his business, Bobby also utilises his mechanical knowledge to help other wheelchair users as an experienced hand. He always says, “After losing my legs, I own more than before.”

    19/10/2021
  • They Who Came from the Stars

    They Who Came from the Stars

    High-functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome are both “Autistic Spectrum Disorders”, patients may have behaviours that are different from social norms when communicating with other people. However, as long as we understand their needs and ideas, the world of “they who came from the stars” is definitely not out of reach.

    Jonathan works full-time as an Administrative Assistant, but it seems that he has more exciting “principal jobs” in his spare time. As a devout Catholic, Jonathan goes to the diocese for Latin Mass every week. The president (of the diocese) was impressed by Jonathan’s work and appointed him as the secretary of the group. An American football team owner was also impressed by Jonathan’s organisation skills and made him the manager of his team, who is responsible for handling all the big and small matters of the team. Even though his football skills are not as good as other teammates, he can still contribute to the team with his own efforts and affinity.

    Kelvin’s experience in school made him hesitate to enter society and afraid that no one would accept him. The support services of the rehabilitation agencies enabled him to learn emotional management and social skills, as well as helped him find his ideal job vision. Kelvin is now developing his career in the social welfare sector, where he works as an activity assistant, and his duty is to assist the social workers and therapists in the (community) centre to produce teaching materials. He likes people-oriented work and hopes to use his own experience and empathy to help the Autistic Spectrum Disorders patients who need help.

    Kiki can be both quiet and active and she doesn't like to be bound, so she chooses to be a freelancer. Teaching children with special educational needs (SEN) to play emerging sports is her most satisfying job, because she understands the needs of these children better than other people. One special thing about being a freelancer is that it is easier to manage time. Kiki also take advantage of this to make good use of her time to learn the music she likes, and take the initiative to care for every important person around her.

    12/10/2021
  • Companions in Mutual Support

    Companions in Mutual Support

    Persons with disabilities (PWDs) encounter many difficulties in the workplace, and highly educated PWDs are no exceptions. Walter, who is visually impaired, founded a charity which specializes in assisting highly educated PWDs to search for jobs which are suitable for them. It even helps its members to match with suitable employers through organizing workshops and career expos.

    Michelle suffers from brain damage, limb numbness and unclear articulation due to an accident. Though she is qualified as a designer, she has never been able to get a job that matches with her education qualification because of her disability. Michelle is currently working at Walter's charity as a part-time designer and she joins the career expos held by Walter, hoping to find a job that allows her to exert her talents in the long run.

    Jimmy, who suffers from a congenital rare disease, has been a member of Walter's charity since he graduated from university. He has all along taken part in workshops and career expos, and has got hired by an international company through the job matching service. He is now working at the company’s human resources department.

    Walter’s wish is to share his own workplace experiences with companions who have also been looking for their right jobs, so as to achieve PWDs in mutual support and encouragement.

    05/10/2021
  • Explore the Unexplored

    Explore the Unexplored

    Christy and Cheuk-leung are persons with hearing impairment. Even though they have tertiary education qualifications, their job hunting journeys were still full of ups and downs – they either got laid off or failed to find a suitable job. They enrolled in a 3D drafting course when they were between jobs, hoping that they could learn a skill. Thanks to the course, both of them got a job opportunity and became 3D draftsmen.

    Mars, the boss of Christy and Cheuk-leung, is the director of a product development company. Mars learned the ideas behind social enterprises from a radio programme and got inspired. He hopes to set up his own social enterprise, which can make money and contribute to society at the same time. One of the important procedures of product development is that 3D draftsmen turn 2D graphic designs into 3D ones. In recent years, there has been a gradual growth in the demand for 3D drafting skills from different sectors and industries, resulting in demand for such talents exceeding supply. Besides, the costs incurred by Mars’ factory in Shenzhen keep on increasing, so that Mars came up with the idea of training local deaf persons to become 3D draftsmen.

    Mars collaborates with social welfare organisations and uses courses that provide job opportunities as the selling point. Through the courses, they provide 3D drafting training to deaf persons and persons with hearing impairment. Graduation exhibitions are also organised for the students to showcase their own works in the sector’s exhibitions.

    Although the COVID-19 pandemic has given a blow to Mars’ business, Mars is even more resolute in continuing to organise the new 3D drafting course. But business is business, what Mars has done seems to be an irrational investment which requires too much devotion. Yet, what he sees are even greater returns.

    28/09/2021
  • Looking for an Ideal Job

    Looking for an Ideal Job

    To find an ideal job according to one’s own interests is a right that everyone should enjoy, and it should not be different because they are disabled.

    “Project WORKS” implemented by Ebenezer School and Home for the Visually Impaired (Ebenezer) related to employment support helps the visually impaired graduates of Ebenezer. The graduates who are employed will help the students in the school to plan their careers, in the form of teaching and practical instruction.

    WONG Mei-ling is a graduate of Ebenezer. Through the career matching of “Project WORKS”, she is now working for Eye Fund. She had bad experience at work in the past, but with her proactive character, she regularly shares her career experiences with the students studying in Ebenezer.

    WONG Ka-ho is the first graduate of Ebenezer who had a successful employment match under “Project WORKS”. He is a graduate of the Department of Social Work of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently working as a social worker at the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association and mainly responsible for telephone counseling work of the “Care-on-Call Service”.

    TSE Yun-hang is a student who is determined to work in the social work industry. Under “Project WORKS”, he received guidance from WONG Mei-ling and WONG Ka-ho, who are both working for social welfare organizations. Through volunteer works, visiting, internships and other opportunities, they share their work experience. During the process, TSE is told the difficulties that the visually-impaired might encountered in the workplace, and taught how to get along with sighted colleagues and bosses. As such, TSE can start planning his career as early as possible and build a solid foundation for future employment.

    21/09/2021
  • Golden Laksa

    Golden Laksa

    A social enterprise restaurant from Singapore grand opened in a food court in Hong Kong at end-2019. The restaurant’s concept is to help Hong Kong and the people living in the city. It provides one-stop services for people with special needs, including training, internships and assisting them in job seeking, such that they can integrate themselves into the society.

    Hugo was a part-time restaurant assistant working at a restaurant in a theme park with few working days; Carol, who suffers from left hand impairment, could only handle simple duties such as clipping bread in the past, and had never had the opportunity to use a kitchen knife; Sam was responsible for preparing food ingredients in the cold store of a hotel, and had never had the opportunity to cook …

    The turning point came after they started working at a social enterprise restaurant. They learned step by step, starting from basic hygiene. Today, they not only are capable of cooking Singaporean dishes, but also restore their pride in life through their work: Hugo’s life becomes stable gradually, and starts to contribute part of his income to his family; Carol is happy that there are diners admiring her noodles; Sam is fond of gourmet and dreams of opening his own dessert shop in the future.

    The social enterprise restaurant makes progress alongside its members and they face the rapidly changing social environment together. The society is precarious in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, provoking unprecedented operation pressure on the restaurant. Although the restaurant persists in retaining all of its employees and not deducting their salaries, how much longer can the restaurant endure as it has not been making ends meet for a long time? Will there be chances for these members to demonstrate what they have learned with great effort in the future?

    14/09/2021
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