Bo (保 - “protect”) 

Hong Kong Association for AD/HD 

09:00 - 18:00

“I worked with the Association for AD/HD for almost 3 years. AD/HD stands for attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder and symptoms include difficulty focusing, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Parenting is hard enough, but parenting children with special needs adds a whole new dimension - many struggle with communicating with and disciplining their kids. Our mission is to bring these parents together, to share resources and to provide a supportive network and community. My work was very diverse; I took care of operations, accounts, marketing, recruited new members and organised events. Before this, I was in the banking industry for three decades. I first started volunteering in 1998, answering calls for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association hotline to provide support to kids in need. After all those years in the financial world, I reached a point in my career where I was seeking purpose and questioning what more I could do for our community. When this opportunity came up, I decided to go for it.”



“During the heights of COVID, I organised a few rounds of resources distribution to families in need. We wanted to send the message that we are there to support them through this challenging period. Compassion to me means stepping into someone else’s shoes and acting accordingly to meet their needs. Kindness can be expressed in many different ways but the most important thing is to listen intently and openly to really understand what the needs are. There is a lot of misunderstanding around children with AD/HD. From my experience, these are all great kids but are sometimes unable to control themselves and find it difficult to concentrate or read body language. This can lead to conflict with others, which often gives them the unfair label of “bad kids”. Communicating with individuals with AD/HD is just like learning a new language - all you need is patience and a willingness to keep trying.”

“I’ve always had a great connection with kids. I remember when I was volunteering for the hotline, I would really look forward to taking the calls. After a long day of dealing with finances and money all day at work, being able to listen to and help kids with their worries and concerns about friends, family and school was like a breath of fresh air. Children are so authentic - when they’re happy they show it and when they’re sad they can’t hide it. Kids with AD/HD are just the same, they just need a special way of communication. I find so much joy and satisfaction in doing work that allows me to meet others needs. Back in the day when I was a kid, we didn’t have much awareness or education around AD/HD. I’m sure there were plenty of individuals who were undiagnosed and misunderstood. Hopefully our work helps to di-stigmatise the condition and create more openness in our community. To me, AD/HD is not really an illness, but a special quality and characteristic - like we all have!”



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