EOC Statement on International Day of Disabled Persons
In supporting the United Nation's International Day of Disabled Persons (3 December 2005), Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Mr. Raymond TANG said, "Complaints filed under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance (DDO) and research conducted by the Commission highlight barriers faced by persons with disabilities on a daily basis, such as in employment, accessibility, the health services and education. For those affected these are basic human rights issues, and directly impact in a very material way on persons with disabilities in the development of their abilities and participation in our society."
"Over the past nine years, the Commission has consistently worked with the public and private sectors, as well as our community partners in addressing these major concerns. Every year, initiatives in public education, research and training have been mounted to raise awareness, break stereotypes and overcome barriers faced by persons with disabilities. So far, our landmark cases in the courts have sent out a clear message that disability discrimination is unacceptable and unlawful. In the coming year, the Commission will focus on tackling the issue of accessibility, so that persons with special needs can be better accommodated to facilitate their integration into society. Much work remain to be done. Whilst Hong Kong prides itself as a world city, we should be mindful that that status should not come at a price that neglects those in need within our community," the Chairperson said.
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