Equal Opportunities Commission


E-news Issue 217


Grab your chance to win an iPad Mini with the EOC app

Looking to get updates from the EOC on the go? Install our app now and you will get a chance to win a 7.9-inch, 64GB iPad mini (Wi-Fi + Cellular)! Also on the prize list are 50 supermarket vouchers, each valued at HK$100. Application for the lucky draw is easy and breezy – simply download the app from the App Store or Google Play and submit your name, number and email to us on or before 15 November 2019. We will announce results on the EOC website, and in Sing Tao Daily and The Standard on 27 November 2019.

Launched in 2013, the EOC app serves up information on the four anti-discrimination ordinances, latest news about the Commission’s initiatives, as well as videos and radio programmes about equal opportunity and inclusion. Developed according to the Level AA requirements of the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, the app comes with a variety of accessibility features, such as a voice-over function and an option to switch to a yellow-text-against-black-background version, that accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities (PWDs), including those with hearing or visual impairment.

Technology has opened the door to new possibilities of experiencing and participating in the world for PWDs. In an article published in am730 on 4 September 2019, EOC Chairperson, Mr Ricky CHU Man-kin offered a few notable examples of technological advances that benefited PWDs in unprecedented ways. “In the past, people with visual impairment usually relied on the Braille, raised markings or tactile lines on paper money to identify banknotes of different values. Now there are mobile apps that can scan the photo of a banknote and read its value aloud,” he wrote. “Wheelchair users also take advantage of apps that show barrier-free routes and facilities in the vicinity.”

To read the article in full, please click the link below.