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  Highlights of the Year 2020-21
   
  Continuing Community Support
   
  THE HONG KONG PARALYMPIANS FUND
  The Hong Kong Paralympians Fund (HKPF) aims at fostering the development of sports for athletes with disabilities and supporting their pursuit of sporting excellence in international events.  To enhance the sustainability of the HKPF, an amount of $200 million was approved by the Finance Committee to be injected into the Fund as seed money in 2013-14.  In 2020-21, a total of $5.97 million was approved for allocation, of which $3.4 million was allocated to the sports organisations for supporting their development of target sports, including athletics, lawn bowl, gymnastics, skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing, archery, shooting, swimming and rowing for PWDs, and administration expenses; and $2.57 million was allocated to the athletes with disabilities for them to pursue sporting excellence and retired athletes with disabilities to assist in their job attachment in sports related fields, other suitable employment or vocational training.
   
  INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY FUND FOR APPLICATION IN ELDERLY AND REHABILITATION CARE
  The Innovation and Technology Fund for Application in Elderly and Rehabilitation Care was launched in December 2018 to subsidise eligible elderly and rehabilitation service units to procure/rent and try out technology products so as to improve the quality of life of service users and reduce the burden and pressure of care staff and carers.  As at the end of March 2021, a total grant of $240 million was approved for some 1 100 elderly and rehabilitation service units to procure or rent over 4 900 technology products.
   
  ARTS DEVELOPMENT FUND FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
  The Arts Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities was set up in March 2019 to subsidise non- profit making NGOs/bodies with relevant experience in organising various time-defined arts programmes or activities for PWDs, with an aim of enhancing their arts knowledge, fostering their interest in arts, exploring their potential, and nurturing PWDs who have great artistic potential to strive for excellence and develop their careers in arts.  In 2020-21, a total of over $11 million was granted to 28 service units to implement 29 arts projects.
   
  SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST
  The Government established the Special Needs Trust (SNT) Office in December 2018.  With the Director of Social Welfare Incorporated as the trustee, SNT provides reliable and affordable trust services for managing the assets of deceased parents.  Regular disbursements will be made to the carers of their children with special needs, who may be individuals or organisations, in accordance with the parents’ wishes.  This is to ensure that their assets will be used for meeting the long-term daily needs of their children after their passing.  As at 31 March 2021, the SNT Office received 35 applications for the SNT service.
   
  REGIONAL GUARDIANSHIP OFFICES
  To enhance support service for the mentally incapacitated persons (MIP), the Government set up a pilot regional team, namely Regional Guardianship Office (Hong Kong Island), in 2017 designated to handle guardianship cases.  As the pilot regional team gained favourable comments from various stakeholders, the Government regularised the pilot regional team in August 2020 and set up 2 additional Regional Guardianship Offices in Kowloon and the New Territories respectively in March 2021.
   
  PILOT SCHEME ON PROFESSIONAL OUTREACHING TEAMS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
  A pilot scheme has been implemented since 2018-19 to provide multi-disciplinary professional outreaching service to about 4 000 residents living in private RCHDs in Hong Kong, with 4 outreaching teams to cater for their social and rehabilitation needs.  The teams also provide consultation, training and support to the residents’ family members and staff of the private RCHDs in order to improve the care and support provided to the residents, and promote their participation in community networking activities with a view to achieving social inclusion.
   
   
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