At present, there are more than 170 000 visually impaired persons in Hong Kong. However, facilities and ancillary arrangements in the community still pose a lot of barriers, causing inconvenience to the visually impaired and other disabled persons, and thus leaving much room for improvement. The social enterprises under Blind Union, responding to the government target of developing accessible facilities and services to lead all sectors of the society to jointly build an accommodating community, have been making every effort to promote accessible facilities in a bid to avail to the visually impaired the information and services available to sighted persons, and, at the same time, provide the visually impaired with employment opportunities.
The social enterprise under the Hong Kong Blind Union - GATE, provides one-stop consultation and support services for all sectors in the aspects of digital technology, facilities, and products. G.A.T.E. stands for Good Accessibility To Everyone, with the vision to achieve "Accessible to all‧Barrier-free life". Apart from rendering professional accessibility assessment, consultation and training service on web and mobile applications, we also provide accessible products for venue facilities, and accessible products.
More information about GATE (https://gate.hkbu.org.hk)
Accessibility Services Office
Address：Room 1202, 12/F, Houtex Industrial Bldg, 16 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Yau Cafe——Massage x Office；Self-help x Mutual-help
At the beginning of 2021, Blind Union received funding from “Enhancing Employment of People with Disabilities through Small Enterprise” Project of the Social Welfare Department to open “Yau Cafe”, which combines the two elements of massage and coffee, and trained 10 visually impaired people to work as baristas in the Cafe. We value inclusion for the people with disabilities. “Yau Cafe” offers a venue to exhibit their talents and a job opportunity.