About Us

The Association for Universal Accessibility Hong Kong (AUAHK) is a newly formed society concerned with providing universal access in the built environment of Hong Kong. Our primary objective is to promote equity and user-friendliness in the built environment on par with international practices thereby enhancing usability.


The formation of AUAHK began as a series of dialogues among the building and access professionals in 2012, to promote the concept of “Beyond Barrier Free Access” in Hong Kong. Led by Rehabaid Society (Environmental Advisory Service), Association of Consultants in Access Australia, and with support from the Equal Opportunity Commission and Hong Kong Society for the Blind, professional education seminars were conducted to engage architects, building surveyors, university faculty staffs and students to embrace the concept in creating an inclusive built environment for the society.

AUAHK was officially founded in 2013 by Founding members consisting of representatives from the International Union of Architects (IUA) Region IV Work Programme "Architecture for All", Hong Kong Occupational Therapy Association (HKOTA), Representative of Association of Consultants in Access Australia (ACAA), RehabAid Society (Environmental Advisory Service) and other key stakeholders.

Environmental Advisory Service Association of Consultants in Access Australia
International Union of Architectsong Kong Occupational Therapy Association


To promote a universal accessible built environment in Hong Kong for people of all ages and abilities (with equity, dignity and independence), by recognizing diversity and embracing inclusion for all.


  • To ensure full accessibility as an inherent human right, in consistent with the spirit and intent of the "United Nations Convention for People with Disabilities Standard" Rule 5 and Article 9 –Accessibility;
  • To mobilize and educate the wider Hong Kong community to support universal accessibility, including enable the entire community with focus on aging population;
  • To engage and involve stakeholders across all sectors to adhere to barrier free best practices in a non-discriminatory and universal way;
  • To foster a ‘human-centered’ approach in the design of the built environment, applying the wealth of talents, knowledge, resources and passion to enhance quality of living through enabled physical access;
  • To effectively collaborate with peak organizations, government bodies, individuals and industry, and contribute directly to the development and improvement of relevant statutory legislation and practice guidelines;