Issue 29 - 13 May 2011  
  1. The EOC met with the Secretary for Labour and Welfare to advance accessibility in publicly accessible premises  
On 12 May 2011, Members of the EOC’s Working Group on Access met with the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr. Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, to discuss the progress of the Government’s follow-up action on the EOC’s Formal Investigation Report on Accessibility in Publicly Accessible Premises, and also to deal with the wider aspects of accessibility to achieve the ultimate objective of building an inclusive community for all.
After the meeting, the Convenor of the EOC’s Policy and Research Committee, the Hon Frederick FUNG Kin-kee, met with the media to explain the EOC’s plan to follow up with the government bureaux and departments regarding their improvement actions. He also explained that the Working Group has identified four major areas for priority actions, i.e. improving physical access of buildings and developments, enhancing accessibility of public transport, making information and communication technology accessible to all, and enhancing full participation of persons with disabilities in economic, social (including education), political and cultural activities.
  EOC’s Working Group on Access  
  EOC’s initiative to promote accessibility: Barrier-free Life webpage  
  2. The EOC Chairperson to speak in support of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)  
May 17th of every year is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), which calls on sexual minority people around the world to initiate their own events to fight homophobia and transphobia. In Hong Kong, this event will be celebrated on 15 May 2011 (Sunday) at the pedestrian area of East Point Road in Causeway Bay with the theme of “Born This Way”. The program will include citation of homophobic and transphobic incidents, an exhibition, and dance performances. The EOC Chairperson, Mr. LAM Woon-kwong, will be speaking at the event in support of equal opportunities for sexual minority people in Hong Kong.
  IDAHO HK website  
  Docu-Drama Episode  
  Message from the Chairperson in EOC Newsletter: Be an Employer of Choice  
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  3. Man in Motion 25th Anniversary World Tour: One Man Inspires Many  
“We should treat people with respect and dignity”. Such is the message of Mr. Rick HANSEN who has been advocating accessibility and equal opportunities in the last 25 years through his globally known “Man in Motion World Tour”. During his latest trip in Hong Kong last month, he presented Mr. Ajmal SAMUEL, a guest mentor from the EOC’s Uniquely Me youth programme, the “Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award” for outstanding leadership in the areas of accessibility and inclusivity. At the opening ceremony of the Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day and Celebration of Difference Makers, the EOC Chairperson Mr. LAM Woon-kwong commended both Mr. Samuel and Mr. Hansen on their achievements as role models and an inspiration to people with and without disabilities.
  Watch video clip of “Celebration of Difference Makers”  
  Rick Hansen at the Great Wall: “It is accessible now”  
  4. Teddy Robin KWAN, EOC’s Career Challenge Mentor, wins prizes at the Hong Kong Film Awards  
The EOC congratulates Mr. Teddy Robin KWAN, one of the Commission’s guest mentors for this year’s youth programme Career Challenge, for being named the Best Supporting Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards on 17 April 2011 for his role in “Gallants”. Teddy Robin was also one of the music composers for the film score, which won the Best Original Film Score award. At the EOC’s Career Challenge sharing session held earlier, Teddy Robin encouraged the young participants to follow their dreams despite their limitations and imperfections. He told the youths, “The process of fighting for your dream is a reward in itself.”
  Listen to U Channel clip of Teddy Robin’s sharing at Career Challenge  
  5. Learn how to prepare your business for “Hong Kong's Ageing Workforce: Managing Human Capital for Sustainability for 2020 and Beyond”  
Hong Kong’s business community faces a number of human capital challenges from global competition and a shrinking labour force due to ageing. This seminar, organized by Hong Kong Baptist University’s Master in Strategic Human Resource Management Programme, will bring together scholars, policymakers, and business leaders to discuss how to prepare for these challenges.
  Date: 26 May 2011 (Thursday)  
  Time: 2:15-5:00pm  
  Venue: WLB 103, Padma & Hari Harilela Lecture Theatres, HKBU Shaw Campus  
  Language: In English and Cantonese  
  Keynote Speakers: Hon. Frederick FUNG Kin-kee (Legislative Councillor); Kate BRAVERY (Mercer); Prof Randy CHIU and the Research Team (Centre for Human Resources Strategy and Development, HKBU)  
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