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Uploaded on May 26, 2008

"Between Hearing and Not Hearing" - Father of Miss Li Ching who had severe hearing impairment, and Miss Mandy Tang, one of the 20 Young Advocates selected to promote disability awareness and social inclusion for 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, share their stories of overcoming hearing impairment and attitudinal barriers.

Li Ching -- a young woman with hearing impairment, lost her life by committing suicide on 1 March 2008. The tragedy aroused public awareness of the problems faced by persons with hearing impairment. Besides producing this video, the Equal Opportunities Commission had posted two articles on its webpage named "Brief Reflections". These articles aim at facilitating reflections among the general public on this incident and related issues. For details, please visit: http://www.eoc.org.hk/eoc/GraphicsFol...

This documentary has been selected for screening at the United Nations Enable Film Festival 2011 on 2 December 2011 in New York, along with six other short films from around the world. The documentary tells the stories of people whose lives have been influenced by hearing impairment, and encourages viewers to consider what it would take for society to free itself from discrimination.

The UN Enable Film Festival is a part of the commemoration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, observed annually on 3 December. This year's theme is "Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development." The exclusion of people with disabilities from decision-making and all areas of life negatively impacts the whole society, holding everyone back from the benefits of each person's individual talents. On this occasion, the EOC calls on the community to join together to enable people with disabilities to participate in all areas of life, from policymaking to employment to the simple enjoyment of leisure activities. In Hong Kong, the EOC is supporting various community events and initiatives to recognize the day and raise public awareness on equal rights and access for people with disabilities.

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