Study Support

Study Support

Inclusive Gathering

Inclusive gathering is a platform where students can discuss, share and interact, in order to acquire a deeper understanding on issues related to SEN. Engaging in the inclusive gathering helps members to raise awareness and sensitivity about the needs and challenges faced by people with SEN, as well as to gain insights on how to build a more inclusive campus. 

Naked Heart in the Dark:
Jointly organized with Heart to Heart, this is an interactive human library event that aims at eliminating stigmatization of mental illnesses. You will not only gain insights about mental health, but also have the opportunity to hear the real-life stories of the "Warriors", people who have recovered from mental illness. You and your peers will have the chance to understand the struggles and challenges encountered by the "Warriors".
Participants gather around to hear sharing from Warrior, persons in recovery from mental illness

Dialogue in the Dark:
This is a tour that takes you away from a sighted world to complete darkness, moving through simulated daily environment with a cane, exploring the unseen, escorted by visually impaired guides. Get a chance to challenge your other senses of hear, touch, smell and even taste to "see". This activity is jointly organized with the Dialogue Experience and CEDARS SEN Support. 
Participants trying to walk around blindfolded with a crane


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 for Accessible 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


Proof-reader (online)

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.

Awareness Raising Activity

In this semester, our humanoid robot, Pepper will our Student Ambassador in promoting positive attitude towards diversity and social inclusion.

Specific requirements

To join the Study Support service, you are required to:

  1. Attend two Inclusive Gatherings offered by CEDARS-CoPE: 
    • Mar 3, 2022 (Thur) 6:00 - 8:00pm
    • Mar 28, 2022 (Mon) 6:00 - 8:00pm
      Format: Face-to-face
  2. Engage in at least ONE of the above services in the semester

* Service opportunities are based on demand. 

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


Student Sharing

“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:

(right) Our SEN PIN member shares the notes with students with SEN; 
(left) SEN PIN member and a student with SEN just finished campus accessible routing

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).

Study Support