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Children Statistics and Information

14. Number of Children with Disability
a) Options and services applicable to disabled children

 

In 2015-16, a provision of $723.3 million was allocated for disabled children services by the Social Welfare Department.

b) Number of disabled children

 

According to Special Topic Enquiry on “Persons with disabilities and chronic diseases”[1] conducted via the General Household Survey in 2013, the number of disabled persons aged under 18 residing in domestic households[2] was 24 000.

c) Children enrolled in ordinary schools

 

Number of students in special classes of ordinary schools are shown below:

Number of students in special classes of ordinary schools

Figures refer to the position as at mid-September of the respective school years.
** No special classed at kindergarten.
d) Children enrolled in special schools

 

Figures in the following also include the number of students of mainstreamed classes (ordinary classes) in special schools. Students enrolled in such classes may not be disabled.

Number of students in special classes of ordinary schools (include the number of students of mainstreamed classes)

Figures refer to the position as at mid-September of the respective school years.
** Children are all enrolled in special child care centres registered under the Social Welfare Department.
e) Number of disabled persons aged under 18 not studying

 

According to the Special Topic Enquiry on “Persons with disabilities and chronic diseases” conducted via the General Household Survey in 2013, the number of disabled persons aged under 18 not studying[3] (school/educational institution) was 900.

f) Children placed in various social institutions

 

As at 31 March 2016, a total of 167 disabled children received home service subsidised by the Government.

g) Children fostered

 

As at 31 December 2015, a total of 145 children below 18 suffering from mildly mental handicap, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism or special learning difficulties, received foster care service.

 

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[2]

Domestic household consists of a group of persons who live together and make common provision for essentials for living. These persons need not be related. If a person makes provision for essentials for living without sharing with other persons, he/she is also regarded as a household. In this case, the household is a one-person household.

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Studying refers to engagement in formal course which can be full-time, part-time or distance-learning course but must satisfy the following criteria: (i) it lasts for at least 1 academic year; (ii) it has specific academic qualification for entrance (except degree courses offered by the Open University of Hong Kong); and (iii) it adopts examinations to assess the academic achievement.