Social Welfare Department invites applications for Support Programme for Employees with Disabilities
The Social Welfare Department is now inviting employers of persons with disabilities (PWDs) to submit applications for its Support Programme for Employees with Disabilities (SPED) until 20 April.
Launched in June 2013, the SPED provides a one-off subsidy for employers to procure assistive devices or carry out workplace modifications for each employee with disabilities. Covering a wide range of accommodating equipment – from optical magnifiers to hearing aids, Braille products and handrails, the programme aims to support PWDs in performing their duties and enhance their work efficiency.
The subsidy is capped at a maximum of $20,000 for each employee with disabilities. Starting from 2014-15, a grant of up to $40,000 may be considered for eligible cases where the cost of a single assistive device and its essential accessories exceeds $20,000.