HKSR Introduction

HKSR is a government recognized charitable organization established in 1959, currently with 30 service centres in Hong Kong and Mainland China. In 2016-17, our Accessible Transport and Travel, Rehabilitation, Long Term Care, and International and China Divisions provided over 1.55 million units of service for people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and elder adults.

Vision

We aspire to be an effective, impactful and caring organization in holistic care and rehabilitation.

 

Mission

Through innovation in rehabilitation and empowering people with disabilities or health conditions, we advocate holistic wellbeing, social participation, and an inclusive and enabling environment.

Values

  • We strive to uphold the following values in every one of our actions and interactions:
  • Value People – trust, dignity, respect, equal participation and communication
  • Professionalism – empathy, quality service, continuous development, commitment and in search of excellence
  • Integrity – honesty, truthfulness and accountability
  • Empowerment – having control, self-management and participation in public policy
  • Inclusiveness – respect diversity and a right-based approach

Our Founder

[In Chinese only. Copyright from RTHK. Duplication is not allowed.]

Rehabilitation – Professor Harry Fang’s life Long Mission

 (Extracted from the 50th Anniversary Feature of the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation)

Professor Harry Fang was a renowned orthopaedic surgeon, a rehabilitation expert, an organizer, a volunteer, a fund raiser extraordinaire, a politician as well as a reformer. He devoted himself to helping people with disability. Professor Fang has also taken up numerous public services to promote the worthy cause of rehabilitation work and sports for people with disability. His contribution was enormous, far-reaching, and highly respected by the government and people with disability worldwide. His enduring passion over the past fifty years earned him the title of “Father of Rehabilitation”.

Professor Fang developed his passion for rehabilitation as early as 1959. He established the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation together with dedicated colleagues to empower people with disability. He served the Society in various capacities. During his tenure the Rehabus service and the Community Rehabilitation Network were started. Over the years, the Rehabus service has evolved into a strong and professional service of more than 147buses and continued to be awarded an ISO 9001 merit. Apart from his direct involvement in the Society, Professor Fang also served in many other rehabilitation organizations and consumer groups.

Professor Fang’s proposals to raise funds for charitable cause in China for people with disabilities were presented and finally accepted by the Premier Zhao Ziyang. In 1984, fundraising for welfare though lotteries sale began in China, providing financial resources for charitable projects for both the provincial and central governments. In the same year Professor Fang presented the Charter of the Eighties for Disabled People to Premier Zhao and Mr. Deng Pufang. China became a full member of Rehabilitation International in 1984.

Professor Fang was the first Asian to be elected as President of Rehabilitation International (RI) in 1980-1984. During his term of four years, Professor Fang elevated the status of RI and the needs of people with disability to the attention of world leaders. He also succeeded in raising funds to establish RI’s headquarters in New York. The United Nations declared 1981 as the Year of the Disabled during Professor Fang’s first year in office. He took this opportunity to personally lobby for the cause of people with disability before leading officials throughout the world.

In 1982, despite the limited availability of sports facilities, Professor Fang raised funds to organize the Third Far East and South Pacific (FESPIC) Games for the Disabled in Hong Kong. Athletes from twenty countries participated in the games. Professor Fang’s dedication to the promotion of sports among people with disability was well rewarded. Hong Kong’s athletes with disability have won more than 120 medals in the past Paralympic Games. It is beyond doubt that the lifelong efforts of Professor Fang in rehabilitation have firmly established the rights and opportunities of people with disability enjoy in today’s society.