Exercise is very important for the disabled, but the disabled generally do less exercise due to the lack of corresponding support and suitable venues. This section details the support provided by Hong Kong for sports for the disabled, as well as sports organizations for the disabled, hoping to provide the disabled with information needed for various sports.
【Fitness Program for People with Disabilities (LCSD)】
People with disabilities with limited mobility and lack of necessary support generally do less exercise. However, long-term lack of adequate exercise can lead to many undesirable consequences. For example, muscles will shrink due to long-term lack of exercise, which will reduce the mobility of joints, leading to osteoporosis, obesity, and heart disease. The consequences are very serious. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s Fitness Program for People with Disabilities provides a series of exercise suggestions for people with disabilities. It encourages people with disabilities to choose a suitable exercise posture from lying, sitting or standing according to their physical conditions and personal abilities.
For details, please visit the website of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
【Hong Kong Paralympic Committee】
Formerly the "Hong Kong Sports Association for the Disabled", it was formed in 1972 under the leadership of Professor Fang Xinrang and a group of enthusiastic rehabilitation workers. The purpose is to systematically organize, plan and promote sports for people with disabilities, so that people with disabilities can experience the fun of sports, promote physical and mental health, and select and cultivate potential athletes to participate in overseas international competitions. In 2005, it was renamed as "Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Sports Association for the Disabled". It is the only Hong Kong recognized by the International Paralympic Committee as the local Paralympic Olympic Committee. It is responsible for selecting Hong Kong team athletes to participate in the Paralympic Games and Various world and regional events recognized by the International Paralympic Committee.
For details, please visit the website of the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee
【Hong Kong Special Olympics】
The Hong Kong Special Olympics was initiated by a group of professionals who are enthusiastic about serving people with intellectual disabilities. They are committed to developing various Olympic sports activities for people with intellectual disabilities aged eight or above to participate in them, allowing them to develop their potential through long-term training, build self-confidence and courage, and be with their families. Share the joy gained from sports with peers, and then integrate into the community.
The Hong Kong Special Olympics has now evolved into a diversified year-round sports event with more than 50,000 participants. Thousands of athletes and participants come from more than one hundred institutional members. Sports activities include track and field, badminton, basketball, petanque, bowling, floor hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, skating, snowshoeing, swimming, table tennis and mini Volleyball etc.
The Hong Kong Special Olympics also dispatched athletes to participate in international Special Olympics events (including the Special Olympics Summer/Winter World Games held alternately every four years).
For details, please visit the Hong Kong Special Olympics website
【Hong Kong Disabled Cycling Association】
The Hong Kong Disabled Riding Association is a non-profit registered charity in Hong Kong that provides disabled riding services. The association has been committed to various galloping and riding training to help children and adults with disabilities build self-confidence, increase their concentration and sense of success, and exercise muscle and body control through riding horses.
For details, please visit the website of Hong Kong Disabled Riding Association
【Hong Kong Wheelchair Martial Arts Association】
The Hong Kong Wheelchair Martial Arts Association is a Hong Kong registered society organization that practices martial arts for the disabled. Wheelchair martial arts is a kind of fitness martial arts based on Korean national taekwondo, aimed at people with wheelchairs/physical disabilities. The association hopes that the disabled and able-bodied can enjoy the benefits of martial arts for the body and mind; it can train the body. Responds, exercises muscles, self-defense skills, and can cultivate self-confidence, morality, patience and martial arts spirit.
For details, please visit the website of Hong Kong Wheelchair Martial Arts Association
【Hong Kong Sports Association for the Intellectually Disabled】
The Hong Kong Sports Association for the Intellectually Disabled was established in 1978 by a group of professionals who are enthusiastic about serving the intellectually disabled. It is the only organization in Hong Kong that organizes sports activities for the mentally disabled. After decades of development, it has nearly 100 institutional members and thousands of members. Registered athletes and participants, the total number of participants in the event each year exceeds 50,000. The association often organizes various types of sports and recreational activities for people with intellectual disabilities, and selects people with intellectual disabilities to participate in local and international sports competitions. The association also organizes workshops and seminars for coaches who train people with intellectual disabilities to improve their professional standards.
For details, please visit the website of Hong Kong Sports Association for the Intellectually Disabled
【Hong Kong Sports Association for the Blind】
The Hong Kong Sports Association for the Blind aims to enhance the blind's awareness of sports activities to promote their integration into society, promote opportunities for people in sports development, and provide coaching training and development. The association will also work with relevant sports organizations and non-governmental social service organizations to provide sports training courses for the blind and discover potential blind people to participate in elite athlete training, as well as to participate in local and international competitions.
For details, please visit the website of Hong Kong Sports Association for the Blind