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Blind student in special appeal

Ashley Wu

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The visually impaired student who earned 5** in three subjects in the Diploma of Secondary Education Examination is urging the government not to cut back on classes for the handicapped.

Tsang Tsz-kwan said those like her need to acquire certain skills in special institutions before they take on the challenge of entering mainstream schools.

`I've had countless cheerful moments in my life but, perhaps, the greatest moment came when I was accepted by Ying Wah Girls' School," Tsang said.

Owing to her poor vision and lack of sensitivity in her hands, she reads braille with her lips.

She previously studied for nine years at the Ebenezer School & Home for the Visually Impaired.

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Tsang decided to take the Chinese and English listening tests - although she could have been exempted - achieving level four and 5* respectively.

"I was determined to take the listening tests as I should not look for excuses because of my handicap," she said.

"Instead I must learn to be courageous to face challenges and I hope to encourage others with my experience."

Tsang is thankful for her parents' guidance and encouragement. "My parents take good care of me but they treat me like any other student."

The 5** she received for Chinese, English and Liberal Studies was beyond her wildest dreams, celebrated by her family treating her to yum cha.

To Tsang the biggest challenge is learning computer skills because a lack of finger sensitivity hinders her from finding the right keys on a keyboard.

Although there is a growing trend towards inclusive education, which is the integration of students with disabilities in general education classes, Tsang said the government should not reduce class numbers in special schools or force them to close.

Special education is vital for disabled students and enables them to acquire certain skills before they enter mainstream schools, she said.

Tsang hopes to study translation at a local university and then serve the community after she graduates.


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