USJ holds Lecture on Supporting Visually Impaired Education by alumnus Eric Leong Ka Chon





On the 8th of May 2023, USJ’s School of Education and Office for Student and Alumni Affairs organised a public career development lecture featuring Eric Leong Ka Chon, the first visually impaired student to complete a master’s degree at USJ.

On the evening of the 8th of May, 2023, the University of Saint Joseph Macao (USJ) held a public Career Development Lecture featuring USJ Alumnus Mr. Eric LEONG Ka Chon, who was the first visually impaired student to complete a master’s degree at the University. The event was organised by the School of Education and the Office for Student and Alumni Affairs (OSAA) with support and sponsorship from the Macao Foundation. It attracted over 60 participants, including students, alumni, and staff members.

During the lecture, Mr. Leong shared his experiences and insights on how to better support visually impaired students’ education and life. He demonstrated various technological instruments, such as color detectors, braille displays, keyboards, and liquid level sensors, that can assist with visually impaired students’ education. Mr. Leong’s partner, Sharon, and a professional audio describer, Sandy, also contributed to the lecture.

As an appointed member of the Rehabilitation Affairs Committee of the Macao S.A.R. Government, Mr. Leong is dedicated to conceiving, implementing, coordinating, and monitoring policies related to disability prevention, rehabilitation, and social integration of the disabled. His lecture aimed to raise awareness and provide practical solutions to support visually impaired education and integration into society.

The lecture was moderated by Professor Isabel Tchiang, the Programme Coordinator for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education of the School of Education and the Director of the Teachers’ Professional Development Centre. Dr. Teresa Loong, the Director of OSAA, also attended.

Furthermore, this public Career Development Lecture, as one of the lectures in the Career Development Series, aimed to echo the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 and 8. SDG 4 focuses on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all, while SDG 8 is focused on promoting sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

The lecture received positive feedback from all attendees, who raised many questions, gaining valuable insights on better supporting visually impaired education. Mr. Leong’s inspiring story and dedication to the promotion and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities serve as a reminder of the importance of inclusivity and accessibility in education.