Our Mission

Special Needs Network Hong Kong (SNNHK) is a networked community supporting parents and caregivers of individuals with special educational and/or medical needs (“special needs”) in Hong Kong.

Our mission is to: 

Connect: Connect parents and caregivers of individuals with special needs in Hong Kong.

Support: Be a diverse self-sustaining Hong Kong organisation that supports parents and caregivers involved with special needs.

Empower: Empower parents and caregivers to become advocates for their children and the Hong Kong special needs community.

Share: Provide a platform for parents and caregivers to access and share information related to special needs; for example in areas such as education, employment, health, services and therapy.

What We Do

Google Group, Facebook Group and Website


 

We look to build a supportive special needs community by connecting families and caregivers with one another.

Talks, Courses and Workshops


 

We host expert speakers to enhance the knowledge and skillsets of parents/caregivers of children with special needs. We aim to keep our events relevant, engaging and well-priced, and we welcome your suggestions.

Knowledge and Information Sharing


 

We help empower individuals and families to become advocates for their children and the special needs community by providing a platform for sharing information.

 

Who We Are

SNNHK is an informal organisation with a volunteer committee working to coordinate all aspects of the group. Our volunteers meet regularly to plan a schedule of events throughout the year and help members connect.

Kim Anderson

Chairperson


Kim co-founded the “Parent’s Network” in Hong Kong in 2003, starting with a few parents of children with special needs getting together socially to support each other and share information. The group grew into SNNHK and the membership continues to increase every day. Kim is a keen advocate for special needs families and strongly believes that parents and caregivers require a support network. Her 18-year-old daughter has cerebral palsy, is a wheelchair user and, being non-verbal, uses an alternative communication system that she accesses with her eyes.

Larissa Downes

Chairperson


Larissa has been involved with the Parent’s Network and SNNHK since 2006, and has found the support, friendship and advice offered invaluable. Her teenage son has a mitochondrial disease that causes severe developmental delay, epilepsy and other chronic health conditions.

Mirna Salgadinho

Volunteer Committe


Mirna has a young son diagnosed with Mosaic Down Syndrome. Soon after his birth she became active in Hong Kong’s community of parents of children with special needs and gives her time to local charities. In 2015 she became a volunteer with SNNHK to give back for the support she has received from the community since her son’s birth.

Sarah Tam

Secretary


Sarah has been involved with SNNHK’s volunteer work since 2017 and has contributed to the formalisation of SNNHK as a registered society in Hong Kong. Sarah is particularly interested in the areas of epilepsy and cerebral palsy, which her young daughter has been diagnosed as a result of bacterial meningitis. Sarah is keen to share information and opinions on special needs and disability matters. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Sarah is from time to time able to provide a local perspective on special needs and disability related issues.

Mo Lie

Volunteer Committee


Mo relocated to Hong Kong from the Netherlands in 2011 with her husband and two children. Her 11-year-old son has GDD, ADHD and SPD. Mo was actively involved with several charitable organisations for children in Europe and is excited to be part of SNNHK in an endeavour to make Hong Kong a better city for all children with special needs, and their families.

Amy Fernando

Volunteer Committe


Amy came to Hong Kong on her own in 2003 for work. After the life-changing premature birth of her eldest son in 2009, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, she spent two years dealing with feelings of guilt, concern and isolation, before reaching out to a few parent support groups, which have been her rock ever since. A working mother of two, she joined the SNNHK volunteer committee in 2016, while helping with other charitable projects that focus on improving the lives of special needs children.

Sandra Feran

Treasurer


Sandra regularly attended the Parent’s Network from its inception in 2003.  She has been involved with the SNNHK over the years and more recently volunteered to become Treasurer.
Sandra has two teenage boys with non verbal autism and is interested in the holistic approach to autism to support her sons.

Erin Macalligan

Volunteer Committee


Erin is a perennial problem solver and proud father who has called Hong Kong home for most of his life. Born in 2018, Erin’s daughter has a rare form of dwarfism called Cartilage Hair Hypoplasia, which also includes an associated severe immune deficiency. He joined SNN to connect with a community that embraces diversity and difference and supports one another through the experiences of parenting children with unique needs.

Carolyn Chandler

Volunteer Committee


Having enjoyed the friendly and supportive network she found at SNNHK events, Carolyn wanted to become more deeply involved in the community and make a positive contribution. She became a volunteer committee member in August 2019. Her young son is on the Autism Spectrum.

Past volunteers

 
Kata Adasz

Kata had been in Hong Kong with her family from 2014 to 2019. She is the mother of two boys; the eldest was born extremely premature in 2012 and has global developmental delay. After arriving in Hong Kong as a non-Chinese speaker, Kata felt a bit lost until she found SNNHK, which provided support both professionally and socially. Kata is busy applying her marketing and sales skills to promote SNNHK among Hong Kong families and professionals; she also teaches yoga for kids with special needs.


Pooja Mangla

Pooja stayed in Hong Kong during 2012-2019. She arrived with her four-month-old daughter who was diagnosed with Dandy Walker Syndrome and Global Developmental Delay. Pooja joined SNNHK, which has provided the support, knowledge and confidence to change her perspective on life as the mother of a differently abled child.  Being a volunteer of SNNHK was also an opportunity for her to give something back to society.

 

Organisation

Please see the Governance Structure of SNNHK here:

Please read the Constitution of SNNHK here:

 
Stay Connected
  • email-group
  • google-group
  • facebook-group
  • instagram-page

DISCLAIMER:

The content of the Special Needs Network Hong Kong (SNNHK) website, Facebook group, Google group and all events organised by SNNHK are for general information purposes only. We make no representations about the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability of the information provided. Through these groups you may be able to link to other websites. Special Needs Network Hong Kong has no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them. Parents and caregivers therefore, should not rely on information posted as an alternative to consulting a qualified practitioner.

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