Date: March 21, 22

Venue:Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, City University of Hong Kong

Objectives of Promotion: “Diverse Technologies for Diverse Abilities ”



Part I Standing in Their Shoes


  • Sensory overload
  • Central vision is blurred but peripheral vision quite sharp, or in reverse
  • Images may fragment
  • Focus on a detail
  • Objects may jump around

  • May only hear sounds in one ear
  • Noise can be magnified and sounds become distorted and muddled
  • Inability to cut out sounds – notably background noise, which often leads to difficulties concentrating


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 

  • Persistent inattention
  • Any movement, no matter how small, is distracting

Experience in a Game



  • Letter reversals, p vs q
  • Inversions, n vs u
  • Transpositions, felt vs left
  • Letter-phoneme correspondence

Experience in a Game

Part II Apps as Helpers

Nowadays, applications designed for individuals with special needs have emerged in Hong Kong, with the aim of assisting persons in communication, travelling, etc.
Here are some examples:

Hong Chi AAc-_ipad

匡智溝通易(Free Download)

  • Designed for individuals with speech problems
  • As augmentative and alternative communication tools
  • To select pictures to form a phrase/sentence to express their thoughts



芝麻開路(Free Download)

  • Deisgned for individuals with visual imparment
  • Provide informations of indoor/outdoor enviroment
  • Know more about the environment arround using GPS location tracker
  • Searching & exploring with speech augmented map information



心聲(Free Download)

  • Designed for individuals with hearning impairment
  • Empowered by voice recognition technology, users can understand speech by reading translated text
  • Support Mandarin and Simplified Chinese only


Part III Hands Free Control of Computer

Have you ever think about how individuals with physical handicap (especially those cannot use hands) control their PC?

 Possibility 1: Eye-tracking technology

Control by eyeballs, activate the item by staring at it


Eye-tracking AAC :Gazespeaker


Possibility 2: Head Mouse and Face Mouse

By tracking more than 50 signals from the face, head/facial muscles movement can serve as commands, for example, move the cursor by moving head, click by pout.



Hope the two-day promotion could raise public’s awareness of the diverse needs among us and the diverse types of assistive technologies.


p.s. Thankful to all of our VOLUNTEERS!