Special Educational Needs (SENs)

Student Affairs Office Counselling and Development Services Special Educational Needs (SENs)

1. What is Special Educational Needs (SENs)?

According to Education Bureau (2024), the major types of Special Educational Needs (SENs) include
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Mental Illness
  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Physical Disability
  • Visual Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Speech and Language Impairment
The University is dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment that promotes equal opportunities for all members of our community, regardless of gender, marital status, disability, race and family status. Hence, Chronic Illness / Visceral Disability will be also included in our services.

2. The Role of SAO

  • To coordinate with relevant academic and administrative offices to provide appropriate support and services to accommodate students with SEN.
  • To discuss with student for his/her Educational Plan after submission of SEN application. It is a process to understand how HKMU can accommodate SEN student's learning needs and situation
  • Referrals to relevant units for supporting students' adjustment needs such as financial and psychosocial. Confidentiality is guaranteed.
  • Students with SENs who have financial difficulties may also apply for the University bursaries or Student Financial Assistance Scheme.

3. Flow Chart

List of Supporting Document(s)
  • Medical Document(s) / Assessment Report(s) with Diagnosis of your Disability
  • HKEAA Accommodation Letter(s) (with details of special arrangements you received in HKDSE)
  • Accommodation Report(s) / Letter(s) from your home university / secondary school (with details of special arrangements you received)
  • Document with Learning / Examination Recommendations from relevant Professional
For continuing students who have submitted the application for SEN support services to SAO before, we would assume the support measures, such as examination arrangements, to be given to you would remain unchanged. But students concerned are required to contact relevant course coordinator(s) to discuss the needs during the course of the studies.
For your information that our New SEN System will be launched soon. All students with SEN status will be verified through simple processes. Our staffs of SEN Team will contact you for assessing and reviewing your condition yearly. Welcome to contact us if you have any concerns for our system updated.

4. Useful forms & External Support Resources

Application for University Support Services and Special Examination Arrangements
Click here
External Support Resources
Click here to view the details

5. Financial Aids for SEN Students

Artists with Disability Development Fund [Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong]
BFAHK Funding Scheme for Students and Candidates with Visual Impairment (Updated Information will be shown in 'News' of Homepage) [Barrier Free Access (HK) Limited]
CareER Scholarship Program [CareER]
Continuing Education Program & Academic Achievement Award [Children's Thalassaemia Foundation]
Development Fund and Scholarship for the hearing impaired (Traditional Chinese Only) [The Hong Kong Society for the Deaf]
Education Funds for Outstanding Academic Performances or Singing Talent (Please contact Jockey Club Vocational and Educational Resources Centre for the details) [Hong Kong Blind Union]
Sir Edward Youde Memorial Overseas Fellowship / Scholarship for Disabled Students [Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund]
Special Support for Students with Disabilities / Special Educational Needs [Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency, HKSAR]

6. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

7. Contact us

Telephone: 2768 6059
E-mail: sao_sen@hkmu.edu.hk
Address: Student Affairs Office, Room A0626, 6/F, Cheng Yu Tung Building (Block A), Main Campus, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong