Equal Opportunities Commission


E-news Issue 231


EOC supports World Autism Awareness Day

From the Netflix coming-of-age series Atypical to Hong Kong’s own production Tomorrow is Another Day, media representation of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has burgeoned in the past couple of years. Whether it is the thrills and tribulations of dating, the challenges of adapting to college, or the fulfilling and frustrating moments in the life of carers, portraits of people on the spectrum are becoming more nuanced, humane and well-rounded than ever.

To honour the World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, Mr Ricky CHU Man-kin, Chairperson of the EOC, contributed an article to am730 and called on everyone to make a bigger effort to remove the stigma around ASD.

“For some people on the spectrum, disruptions to their daily routine caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, such as class suspension, may lead to unease and anxiety,” wrote Mr Chu. “We can all play a role in showing our support – by sharing accurate information about ASD, checking in on friends and family members who look after people with ASD, and celebrating inclusive workplace practices that are ASD-friendly.”