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- Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment

  The IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment
  To help people with visual impairment (PVI) to have access to information technology (IT), the Social Welfare Department, with the auspices from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, has launched “The Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment” to enhance their chance of use of IT for their fuller inclusion into the community.  “The Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment” has ended in mid-2020. To continue our support for the PVI, the SWD now launches “The IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment”, the relevant eligibility, scope of subsidisation, level of subsidy, etc. remain unchanged.
  The Scheme aims to support non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations providing services / schooling to PVI and tertiary institutions to acquire advanced Chinese screen readers, Braille displays and accessories to facilitate PVI's surfing in the information world on Internet; and to subsidise individual PVI who requires the usage of high-performance IT for the purpose of studies or employment, but has genuine financial difficulty in purchase of the aids.
  Items to be supported
  1. High-performance Chinese screen reader
  2. Braille display of 40 cells
  3. Accessories/ portable devices
  1. Non-governmental and non-profit organisations primarily providing services / schooling to PVI;
  2. Individuals with visual impairment in financial difficulty.
  1. The communal service points / centres of the organisations mentioned above without the supported devices for PVI to facilitate their access to IT; and
  2. The individual PVI who demonstrate a need for the supported items for studies and / or employment purpose but their schools / employers do not provide such aids and they themselves cannot afford such aids due to genuine financial difficulty.  Applicants have to be nominated by the designated organisations and satisfy other conditions set out by the Social Welfare Department.
  Subsidised Amount 
  1. For successful organisational applicants, they will be supported to have advanced Chinese screen reader (maximum $9,800 per set) and/or Braille display (maximum $36,000 per set) and/or accessories (capped at $66,300) in the reference list at Appendix of the Information Note on The Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment.
  2. For successful individual applicants, the following subsidies will be provided for procurement of the devices:
Computer AidComputer Aid Advanced Chinese
Screen Reader
Braile Display Accessories/
protable devices
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  Application Procedures 
  1. SWD will send out invitations for applicants to eligible organisations and individual PVI of half-year intervals through newspaper, on SWD's homepage or by mail,
  2. Applications have to be tendered by means of the prescibed application forms mentioned below,
  3. General speaking, organisation and individual applicants will be notified of the results two months after the deadline for application.
  Deadline for Application
  The deadline for this round of call for applications is 23 February 2021.
  For further details or enquiries, please contact Rehabilitation and Medical Social Services Branch, Social Welfare Department: --
    Telephone No. : 3586 3594
    Email Address :
    Fax No. : 2834 7046
  Information Notes
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  Application Form (for Individual Applicants with Visual Impairment)
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  Proforma (for Organisational Applications)
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