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Inclusion Student Ambassador Programme 2022-2023

The Unit for Students with Special Educational Needs (USSEN) aims at creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment to enable those with such needs to complete their university education on equal footing.

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About the Inclusion Student Ambassador (ISA) Programme 2022-2023

The programme engages students who share our vision to cultivate an inclusive and welcoming campus. Inclusion Student Ambassador will take up the following roles:

  • To promote awareness of students with SEN and support them.
  • To suggest creative solutions enhancing the campus support to students with special educational needs. 
  • To serve the University community in promoting the awareness of inclusion, equality and diversity.

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Duration

October 2022 – June 2023
 

Eligibility

  • Studying full-time UGC-funded programmes 
  • Interested in learning issues related to inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity.
  • Share and support the Unit’s mission and committed to cultivating campus inclusion.
  • Eager to understand the needs and challenges faced by the diverse learners and passionate to serve them.

Why join?

  • Preferential arrangements without application fee of CCL bearing inclusive activities that are initiated by USSEN
  • Opportunities to showcase your talents and creativity
  • Deeper understanding, knowledge & experience about diverse learners, disability & equality

Caring Point Scheme

100 Caring Points
Participation in community service or inclusion, equality related activities - any local NGO or community activities, events, training sessions in promoting awareness of inclusion, equality, disability. To earn 100 Caring Points, you can 

  • be a sports helper assisting Paralympic athletes in a training exercise; 
  • be a guide walker/runner in a training exercise and running race;
  • be an NGO volunteer during summertime; 

200 Caring Points
Participation in experiential sessions and/or being one of our SEN buddies. 

  • Experiential sessions
  • ​For example, you can participate in HKBU experiential inclusive workshops, seminars, training sessions, camping, etc. All sessions MUST be counted as Co-curricular Learning (CCL). 
  • "Buddy Up" Peer Supporters 
  • For example, you can be a note-taker, a guide walker, an amanuensis, a reading materials conversion assistant for registered students with SEN/disabilities. 

500 Caring Points

  • Initiate projects to promote SEN awareness, campus inclusion, etc. 
  • For example, you can run a sharing session on campus accessibility; develop a mobile application of campus location maps for students with visual impairment. 

Friendly Note

For ISAs who participated in any activities that were not held by USSEN but wish to claim Caring Points, please be reminded to send us the proof of documents, i.e. a certificate of achievement, an attendance record, and at least two activity photos of yourself to us at ussen@hkbu.edu.hk before 30 June of an academic year. 

 

Information of "Buddy Up" Peer Supporters

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Objectives

  • To develop positive attitudes and helping skills of the buddies in mutual learning and good communication with SEN students.
  • To promote university adjustment and learning of SEN students through a range of practical support provided by the buddies.
  • To strengthen the value of inclusion through peer learning communities and support network.

​What does a peer supporter do? 

Below are only some suggestions. A peer supporter can serve in one or more than one of the following supporting roles. The provision of such services depends on your availability, interest, and strength. 

  • To provide students with SEN/disabilities a campus tour when in need. 
  • To familiarize them with learning resources, campus facilities, as well as barrier-free facilities on campus. 
  • To assist them in searching and borrowing books from libraries. 
  • To assist them in scanning and converting academic reading materials into accessible formats. 
  • To proofread converted reading materials to suit their academic needs. 
  • To provide them with support in note-taking. 
  • To coach them on generic study skills and learning strategies. 

Eligibility 

  • Current HKBU full-time students in UGC-funded programmes, preferably a current Inclusion Student Ambassador (ISA). 
  • Responsible, patient, and flexible in working with students with SEN/disabilities.
  • Previous experience in supporting students with SEN is an advantage. 

Application Procedure

If you are interested in being an Inclusion Student Ambassador (ISA) for 2022-2023, please click here to complete the online registration form. 

Attending an introductory session is made mandatory for interested eligible students upon successful registration. A CCL recognition would be credited to eligible attendees who had completed the whole session. Please refer to details as follows: 

Date             : Wednesday, 28 September 2022 

Time            : 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Venue          : Learning Commons AAB 402K

Mode           : Face-to-face 

Language    : English, supplementary by Hong Kong Sign Language (HKSL)  

Registration : Log in to SLES and complete the online application form (will be provided later)

The 1.5-hour introductory webinar aims to provide an overview of the Inclusion Student Ambassador Programme 2022-2023. We are very pleased to invite guest speakers from SLCO Community Resources Limited (SLCO-CR) and staff from the Unit for Students with Special Educational Needs to share professional experiences about supporting university students with disabilities/special educational needs (SEN). Topics include:

• Introducing different SEN types in the university settings;
• Equipping participants with useful conversational phrases and signs when interacting with Deaf people;
• Learning about the uniqueness of the Deaf community in terms of language and culture;
• Making good use of various communicative strategies when interacting with Deaf people;
• Busting some common misunderstandings regarding the Deaf community;
• Exploring HKBU support services to students with special educational needs; and
• Cultivating an inclusive and welcoming campus by getting to know the Inclusion Student Ambassador Programme 2022-2023

Remarks:
• Please note that by participating in the captioned briefing session, you will be admitted to the Inclusion Student Ambassador Programme 2022-2023. Please contact us on or before 30 September 2022 if you wish to withdraw from the programme.

Registration Description:

  • The workshop is fully funded by the UGC SEN special grants, thus the whole expenses of the workshop would be exempted.
  • As the workshop is supported by UGC, quotas would be first given to current full-time students studying in UGC-funded programmes.  
  • Successful applicants would receive a confirmation email and the ZOOM link on or before 27 September 2022. 

Certificate of Recognition

  • Certificate of recognition for the top five awardees with the highest Caring Points of each academic year. 
  • Certificate of completion for participants with at least 500 Caring Points of each academic year. To receive the certificate, participants must attend the ISA live introductory session, a CCL-recognised event held by USSEN, plus at least one on-campus or off-campus inclusive activities.  
  • Awardees have to make their own arrangements for the collection of certificate(s).
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加入校園共融大使 (ISA)是我大學生涯中最正確的選擇之一,令我大學生活更加精彩充實。猶記得大學一年級時,眼見到盲人觀星、手語班一系列的活動,我毫不猶豫地加入了,成為校園共融大使的一員,慶幸當初的選擇,讓我結識到一班交心的朋友。

剛開始時,還當作是義工服務,但後來發現我在當中得到的幫助更多,亦都從特教生的同學身上看到那份堅持,讓我相當佩服,十分欣賞他/她們樂觀積極的態度。特殊教育需要支援組舉辦的活動使我更加了解特教生,由一開頭不知道有多少類別,到後來漸漸地認識不同類別的症狀,甚至引起我的興趣到校外參與相關活動及課程,例如學習手語。特殊教育需要支援組提供的體驗活動,令我們設身處地體驗一番特教生同學面對的困難,更能體會他/她們的不容易,更欣賞他/她們的堅毅。

校園共融大使是一個溫暖的大家庭,彼此間互相幫助、互相支持,一同成長。無論是想有個豐盛的大學生活,結識新朋友,還是多了解特教生,都鼓勵大家加入校園共融大使的大家庭。遲啲活動見啦!

- 陳慧穎, 校園共融大使 2018-2022 【四年級,歷史文學士及教育學士】

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It is my pleasure to be one of the Inclusion Student Ambassador (ISA) in 2020-2021. This was my first time to be an ISA on campus. Looking back on the experience in this whole year, I was regretful that I did not join the programme earlier when I was a freshman because I really earned a lot from these precious experiences. This programme allowed me to participate in various types of seminars, interactive sharing from guest speakers, as well as training courses to have more understanding towards SEN. These undoubtedly have broadened my horizons, especially when listening to the speakers shared their stories or what they have heard from others. Not only informative activities, but you could also get in touch with many peers! In this year, the learning opportunities were not reduced despite the pandemic. The activities have been switched to online mode. I have attended some of the seminars; these equipped me with broader eyesight to perceive the issue of SEN. I was impressed with an online seminar that has been co-organized by BU and NTNU in Taiwan to share their thoughts on no matter their related policy or the ways that the college supported SEN students. The fruitful interactions allowed me to reflect if the assistance to SEN students was sufficient in Hong Kong. In this short period of time, I reflected on what action I could carry out to promote more insight related to the SEN issue. If I could have a chance, I would also like to participate in some campaigns or promotion workshops. However, I thought I still have taken a small step to take the initiative to learn related information. Next time, when somebody asks me, I can definitely share more on it!

Are you still hesitating if you should join the programme? Believe me! You will benefit a lot from the activities. It’s time for you to enroll! 

- HUI Ka Yee, ISA 2020-2022【Year 4, BSOWK】

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I always believed in a motto that ‘only by giving are we able to receive more than we already have.’ I think being a human is about helping others. My greatest gladness comes from giving helping hands to people who are in need. I am so blessed to become one of the Inclusion Student Ambassador (ISA) at HKBU in which has given me a precious opportunity to devote myself to cultivating an inclusive university community. We are not just giving assistance to students with SEN but also being their companions in their lifelong journey.

We, as the ISA, are dedicated to supporting SEN students and promoting inclusive, equality and diversity awareness. In the past year, I actively engaged in various inclusive activities and participated in different seminars initiated by USSEN. From the in-depth sharing of frontline local NGO workers, I have widened my social circle as well as strengthened my understanding of the different needs of students with SEN. In addition, I have broadened my horizon in getting familiar with overseas integrated education policies from the virtual exchange in special education with overseas universities. 

Being an ISA is more meaningful than it seems. The most profound meaning to me is how we put the vision of ISA into vivid practice in our daily life. Apart from actively engaging in on-campus related activities, I would like to step out from the HKBU campus and continuously spread my solicitude to those who are in need in our beloved community. I was given a valuable opportunity to be a volunteer for constantly serving and supporting the physically challenged person and SEN children from low-income families in Hong Kong Blind Union and Hong Kong YWCA.

ISA Programme, undoubtedly, gives me a fruitful and meaningful university life. I strongly recommend this programme to you. And I am looking forward to seeing you in the coming ISA activities!

- SZE Kuen Yung (Angel), ISA 2020-2022【Year 4, BSocSc in China Studies [History]】

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Participating in the Inclusion Student Ambassador Programme is a fruitful experience in my university life. Not only do I have a deeper understanding of different types of disability, but I also have valuable opportunities to make friends with SEN students, which have broadened my social circle. More to mention is the attractive activities and the Barrier-free Discovery Tour that I have participated in. I had a lot of fun and they are quite different from the usual university workshops that I used to have. Most of them were held by someone with disabilities, which broadened my horizons. If I were given a second chance in my university life, I would still join this programme without regrets!

- Chin Wing Ki, ISA 2017-2020【BSocSc (Hons) in Geography (2020)】

 

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很高興在大學的生涯中可以成為校園共融大使 (ISA)。 在大學一年級時因為對點字和手語感到好奇, 所以與朋友成為了ISA。 記得參加的第一個活動就是無障行者, 這個活動使我筋疲力盡 ,但同時讓我深深體驗到身心障礙者的困難。 
 
在接下來的幾年大學生涯中, 我參加了不同的活動來了解有特殊學習需要的同學, 包括學習手語, 報讀有關特殊教育的課程和參加台灣交流團。 在眾多活動中我最深刻的是台灣交流團。 這個活動除了讓我了解台灣對身心障礙學生的支援外,更讓我認識了許多新朋友。在幾天的交流中,我聽了很多他們的成長故事,明白到他們在生活,學習甚至社交上的困難。他們對學習的堅持真的讓我十分感動。 其實我認為身心障礙學生很厲害, 十分值得我們學習。 他們許多能力都比一般學生強勁,例如手指十分靈活, 觀察力非常強和毅力十分高。 
 
是不是想認識他們呢? 我希望在看文章的你能加入ISA 這個大家庭, 參加USSEN舉辦的活動 ,並一起建立無障礙和共融的浸大!

- 戴泳琪, 校園共融大使 2017-2020 【社會科學學士(榮譽)(地理) (2020)】

Contact

For any enquires, please contact us during office hours: 

Tel             : +852 3411 2806
Email        : ussen@hkbu.edu.hk
Address   : Room DLB704A, Level 7, David C. Lam Building, Shaw Campus  

Opening Hours
Mondays to Fridays – 9:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays – Closed