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In 1979, a pioneer scheme “Infant Stimulation and Parent Effectiveness Training Project” was set up to provide innovative assessment, intervention, training and support to infants and children with developmental delay and their families who are in need. The success and effectiveness of this scheme was recognised by the government. In 1985, the government subsidised our first Early Education and Training Centre to provide subvented preschool rehabilitation service and the “Infant Stimulation and Parent Effectiveness Training Service (ISP)” was formally established. By January 2019, this scheme was renamed to “Child Rehabilitation Service” after the organisation restructuring. ISP has continued to expand various kinds of preschool children's rehabilitation services funded by the Social Welfare Department (SWD). Our current services include 2 Parent Resource Centres, 4 On-site Preschool Rehabilitation Services, 5 Early Education and Training Centres, 1 Special Child Care Centre, 1 Special Child Care Centre-cum-Early Education and Training Centre, 2 District-based Speech Therapy Teams and 12 units of Integrated Programme in Kindergarten-cum-Child Care Centres.
In 2005, in view of the large number of children waiting for preschool rehabilitation services in the community, we set up a self-financing "Project Bridge for Children’s Development" programme to prevent children from missing their golden development age of 0-6. Our main focus is to provide training and treatment for children with special needs and their families.
Our service started participating in the Community Care Fund’s “Training Subsidy Programme for Children on the Waiting List of Subvented Pre-school Rehabilitation Services” in 2012. Since the regularisation of the programme by the SWD in October 2014, we have continued to provide basic training and treatment services to special needs children from low-income families who are on the waiting list for preschool rehabilitation services.
In 2013, we launched the “Arts Development Fund for Children with Special Needs” aiming to promote art development for children with special needs. Through provision of art activities, subsidies, and parents and public education, we foster artistic inclusion in society.
From December 2015 onwards, our service received a grant from the Lotteries Fund for the “Pilot Scheme of On-site Preschool Rehabilitation Services". After the regularisation of this pilot scheme in October 2018, our service operates 4 teams, named as “Bridge-Integrated Education Service”. Our teams provide support to 640 children with special educational needs in 58 kindergartens, their parents, as well as their teachers.
At present, our service provides more than 3,000 preschool rehabilitation places subsidised by the SWD. There are also more than 100 kindergartens and kindergarten-cum-child care centres partnering with us.