Equal Opportunities Commission


E-news Issue 186


Floral artists with disabilities featured in latest EOC documentary

The saying “never judge a book by its cover” rings loud and clear in EOC’s latest documentary Let Their Talents Bloom, which features the uplifting story of trainees at Hong Chi Kwong Fuk Wai Yin Workshop as they overcome their intellectual disabilities and find joy and purpose in the art of floral arrangement.

Under the guidance of mentors, the trainees create beautiful flower arrangements and help with venue decoration on-site during events, constantly impressing their clients with an attention to detail that is second to none. Just like flowers that come in all shapes and sizes but blossom all the same, they are marked by different personalities but united by a growing sense of confidence and fulfilment.

The talents and potential of people with disabilities (PWDs) – including those with intellectual disabilities – provide a solution to the problem of Hong Kong’s shrinking workforce. Grooming them to be skilful, committed employees not only paves the way for their economic empowerment, but also helps companies save rehiring and training costs. The key to reaching this win-win situation is to forgo our preconceptions and see them beyond their disabilities.