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PolyU promotes Social Inclusiveness with Chinese Chess for the Visually Impaired

To encourage interaction between the visually impaired and other people, Bunhoi Group will donate 1,000 sets of PolyU-developed Chinese chess to the China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities and the China Association of the Blind.

 
 
PolyU-developed Chinese chess for the Visually Impaired
PolyU-developed Chinese chess for the Visually Impaired
PRLog - May 5, 2009 - KOWLOON, Hong Kong -- To encourage interaction between the visually impaired and other people, Bunhoi Group will donate 1,000 sets of PolyU-developed Chinese chess to the China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities and the China Association of the Blind.  A ceremony was held on 30 April in appreciation of the generous donation made by Bunhoi Group and support for the production of the chess sets by the Plastics and Tooling Technology Development Centre of Vocational Training Council.

Invented by Professor Michael Siu, Professor and Leader of the Public Design Lab of the PolyU School of Design, in 2008, the Chinese chess set is the first of its kind with an inclusive and universal concept which allows people with different vision capabilities, including the visually impaired and the blind people, to enjoy playing chess together.  It aims to promote an inclusive society and eliminate discrimination in the community.

With the support from the China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities and the China Association of the Blind, the chess set will be introduced to provincial chess competitions for the blind this year, and for the national chess competition next year.  

Addressing the ceremony, PolyU Vice President (Partnership Development) Dr Lui Sun-Wing hoped that the concerted efforts of various parties will enhance the communication among people with different vision capabilities and contribute to building a harmonic and inclusive society. The University is also exploring collaboration with the Hong Kong Blind Union to further promote the chess set.

Working in collaboration with the Hong Kong Blind Union, PolyU researchers have adopted a "participatory design" approach in developing the chess set.  This invention has clinched the Grand Award and Gold Medal at the 36th International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products in Geneva and more international awards in the UK and Malaysia.  

According to Professor Siu, the chess set can help visually impaired people distinguish different chess pieces, including the different colours of pieces; search, read, locate, move and pick up pieces; read pieces from different directions without any confusion; realize the whole setting of the chess game; and learn and become familiar with the game easily. More importantly, the newly invented international tactile information overcomes the perplexing variations of existing Braille systems based on the pronunciation of dialects.

Representing the China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities and the China Association of the Blind, Mr Teng Weimin, Vice President of China Paralympic Committee and China Association of the Blind, presented a special souvenir to PolyU as a token of appreciation.  The souvenir was a Chinese calligraphy by Mr Deng Pufang, Vice President of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Honorary Chairman of China Disabled Persons' Federation.  Other guests of the ceremony included Mr Harry Wong, Chairman of Bunhoi Group; Mr Chong Chan Yau, President of Hong Kong Blind Union; and Professor Michael Siu.

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PolyU offers a wide range of courses which directly meets industrial, commercial and community needs. It also provides the public and private sectors in Hong Kong with expanding range of consultancy, professional training and applied research services.

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