In view of the increasing number of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Hong Kong’s mainstream primary and secondary schools, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has earmarked HK$167 million to pioneer a three-year programme entitled “JC A-Connect: Jockey Club Autism Support Network” (JC A-Connect) to enhance support for children with ASD and their families and schools. The Trust is collaborating in the programme with the Faculty of Social Sciences of The University of Hong Kong, the Education Bureau, and six non-governmental organisations: Caritas – Hong Kong, Heep Hong Society, New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, SAHK, The Salvation Army, and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.
The first of its kind in the city, JC A-Connect provides holistic support for children with ASD attending mainstream schools, and their parents. The programme offers school-based support for such students in about 300 primary and secondary schools, giving support to parents and families through 18 satellite centres, as well as organising public education programmes with an aim to raise public awareness and understanding about ASD.
To learn more about the project, please visit: http://www.jca-connect.hk.