Be a peer supporter and provide support to students with SEN via the following ways:
Increasing Material Accessibility
Being able to access various learning materials, including lecture notes, online resources such as websites, e-journals, videos and pictures, is important for the learning of students with SEN.
Service tasks: Review accessibility of materials, providing suggestions on how to increase accessibility, etc.
Tour Guide on / off campus
Because of the uneven terrain, students with visual or physical impairments may have difficulties navigating on the HKU campus.
Service tasks: Assist these students to visit key facilities or offices on campus, to introduce them the accessible routes that lead to classrooms and buildings.
Note-taker / Transcriber (face to face and / or online)
Note-taking is an essential service for students with difficulties in listening to lectures or reading course materials. Most students with SEN are keen learners, but some of their conditions (e.g. low vision, fine-motor problems, difficulties in listening and writing at the same time, etc.) may pose a challenge for them to take notes during lectures.
Service tasks: Jot and share their lecture notes, transcribe audio-recordings of lectures.
Some students with SEN (e.g. visual impairment, physical disability, reading difficulties, etc.) may need to access books/ readings in an electronic format. SEN Support works with the HKU Libraries to provide the requested materials.
Service tasks: Proof-read the converted text to identify errors or "scannos" resulted in the electronic conversion of printed text and improve the accuracy of the text.
What will I gain through providing study support?
- A chance to get in touch with and provide hands-on support to students in HKU with disabilities/SEN
- Deeper understanding of people with disabilities/SEN and their potential
- Enhanced helping and communication skills
- Raised awareness and sensitivity of disability-related issues
- Opportunity to build an inclusive campus through the peer support network
“I don’t realize more persons with disabilities are sitting beside me, I really felt them included, in part of my circle. I should be more aware and be more inclusive”
“In the Inclusive Gathering, I learnt hands-on experience of guiding the visually impaired.”
“In the Inclusive Gathering, I am able to actually step into the shoes of someone with disability.”
“Don’t label others. Everyone has own strength and weakness. Be inclusive.”
Students conducting study support:
If you are interested in providing any of the above study support services, you can join SEN PIN (You can also register as a note-taker / transcriber for particular courses only).