"Inclusion and Equality for All in the North District" Community Roadshow
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) staged its 14th community roadshow today – in conjunction with the Hong Kong AIDS Foundation, Hong Chi Tai Ping Centre and the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation Community Rehabilitation Network today (3 March 2002) at Landmark North, Sheung Shui. Today's theme is "Inclusion and Equality for All in the North District" was the theme of the event, which aims at enhancing public awareness about AIDS, mental handicap and chronic illnesses so as to eliminate discriminatory attitudes.
Officiating guests at the opening ceremony were the Hon Lau Kong-wah and the Hon Wong Sing-chi, Members of the Legislative Council; Ms Anna Wu, Chairperson of the EOC; Dr Leong Che-hung, Chairman of the Hong Kong AIDS Foundation; Mr Yim Yat-keung, Service Supervisor, Hong Chi Association; Mr Ng Hang-sau, Chief Service Supervisor, the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation Community Rehabilitation Network; and Mr Wong Hon-ho, District Officer, the North District.
At the Opening Ceremony, Ms Anna WU, Chairperson of EOC said, "Discrimination stems mainly from a lack of understanding, misconceptions, stereotypical assumptions, and conflict of interests. Discriminatory attitudes will not only injure the self-esteem of persons with a disability; they will also hinder the development of human capital in the long run, and destroy the harmony of our society."
"Persons with a disability – whether it is a chronic illness, mental handicap, AIDS or any other forms of disability – also possess potential to excel in certain areas. As long as they are given equal opportunities to develop their potential, they will be able to succeed."
The highlight of today's roadshow was a panel discussion on "Understanding and Accepting Persons with a Chronic Illness". Among the speakers were Dr Leong Che-hung, Mr Ng Hang-sau, Mr Frederick Tong, Director (Disability Division) of the EOC, a volunteer of the Hong Kong AIDS Foundation, an epilepsy patient, a progressive neuro muscular disease patient and his parent. Hundreds of participants enjoyed a drama performance by the volunteers team of the AIDS Foundation, and a magic show featuring students of Hong Chi Tai Ping Centre and volunteers of Yung Shing Lutheran Integrated Team.
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