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My son is not what you expected.

My son is not what you expected’: Hong Kong mother of special needs student, award-winning artist details their journey

  • Peacher Poon and her son Jack, who has autism and a speech impairment, share their story, his passion for art, and why society shouldn’t discredit the SEN community

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By Sue Ng


Hong Kong mother of SEN student, award-winning artist details their journey


Eighteen-year-old Jack Lee King-ngon and his mum Peacher Poon Lai-ching pose with his artwork at their home in Mei Foo. Photo: Jonathan Wong


Hong Kong mother of SEN student, award-winning artist details their

Peacher Poon Lai-ching never imagined sharing the story of her special needs son, Jack Lee King-ngon, on stage, but she got the chance when the two of them performed in a musical in February.


Jack, who has autism, developmental delays, and a severe speech impairment, proudly held up his award-winning painting Touching Message during Sign In Dance, a sign language dance performance.

The 18-year-old’s acrylic artwork, which symbolises the beauty and uniqueness of every life, gained recognition at the Cross All Borders competition for disabled artists last year.


The audience burst into applause.


“I was ecstatic. All that hardship and effort paid off at that moment,” Jack’s mother said, recalling how they practised for the show for three months – on top of going to school.



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