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2016 Apr 26

NWFM and Youth Square Awarded Gold Award (Website Stream) and Silver Award (Website Stream) respectively in the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2016 for Two Consecutive Years

(Hong Kong, 26 April 2016) New World Facilities Management Company Limited (“NWFM”) and Youth Square have received the Gold Award (Website Stream) and the Silver Award (Website Stream) respectively in the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2016 for two consecutive years, which co-organised by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer and the Equal Opportunities Commission, in recognition of the company’s effort on making the website accessible to facilitate different users (including persons with disabilities and special needs), thereby contributing to a caring and inclusive society.  

NWFM which manages and operates Youth Square is a non-profit making company with an endeavor to create a barrier-free environment and culture. NWFM not only makes the website accessible for different users, but also provides users with remodeled passageways, special facilities and signs, parking space, accessible rooms in Y Loft and trainings of wheelchair use and workshop of guide dogs to employees to encourage communication with the disabled. In addition, NWFM has awarded the List of Barrier-free Companies/Organisations by The Hong Kong Council of Social Service for three consecutive years, in recognition of its support on creating a barrier-free environment and culture.

The Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme has been jointly organised by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer and the Equal Opportunities Commission since 2013. It aims at showing appreciation to enterprises and organisations for making their websites and mobile apps accessible. To be awarded Gold Award (Website Stream), the participating enterprise and organisation had to attain Sliver Award level and meet all 24 judging criteria under Gold Category for better accessibility; to be awarded Silver Award (Website Stream), the participating enterprise and organisation had to meet all 13 judging criteria under Sliver Category to provide basic web accessibility features.

By incorporating web accessibility design, the organization should comply with the legal requirement on protection against disability discrimination, also fulfill social responsibility and project positive corporate image. It’s able to reach more customers by making online services easy-to-use and easy-to-search by everyone, and to make online services easier-to-maintain by adopting the good coding practices of web accessibility design, which aims to contribute on building a caring and inclusive society.

New World Facilities Management Company Limited
New World Facilities Management Company Limited is a non-profit making company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of New World Group (HK Stock Code: 00017). Embracing the mission of youth development and supporting youth to contribute to society, we strive to develop Youth Square as the platform for youth to exchange knowledge and experience and to develop and discover their potential.

Youth Square
The Youth Square, which came into full operation in 2010, is a youth development project of the Home Affairs Bureau of the HKSAR Government, with an aim to be the hub of diversified youth development activities for youth to develop their potential. Youth Square facilities include the 643-seat Y Theatre, Y Studio, multi-function areas and the Y Loft which has 148 guest rooms. 2015 marks the 5th Anniversary of Youth Square. Youth Square has been conducting nearly 100 themed events under “Music & Dance”, “Arts & Culture” and “Community Engagement”. Youth Square has been holding over 5,000 youth events and served for more than 1 million participants since 2010. In addition, with participants came from more than 50 countries or regions, Y Loft has been providing accommodations for more than 50,000 youth who participated in various exchange programmes in Hong Kong. Youth Square is located in Chai Wan and is managed and operated by New World Facilities Management Company Limited on a non-profit making basis.

6G model is Youth Square’s guiding principle. 6G refers to Groom, Grow, Glow, Green, Global Vision and Give Back.

Mr Eric Lam, Assistant General Manager, represented New World Facilities Management Company Limited to receive the Gold Award (Website Stream) in the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2016.Mr Kenneth Chui, Manager of System Management, represented Youth Square to receive the Silver Award (Website Stream) in the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2016.

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