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Dr Kenneth Poon

30 Sep 2020
Kenneth is trained professionally as a clinical psychologist, special educator, and early childhood educator. His work over the past 20 years has focused on the wellbeing of persons with developmental disabilities and those from disadvantaged environments, as well as their families.
 
He is currently a researcher on the life course outcomes of children with developmental disabilities, especially autism spectrum disorders, and intellectual and developmental disability, and their families. The studies also look into these implications for policy, and the methods for assessing their needs. He teaches courses on early childhood intervention, autism spectrum disorders, and the assessment of children. Prior to joining academia, he worked as a psychologist and as an early interventionist focusing largely on young children with developmental disabilities.
 
Kenneth has volunteered in Rainbow Centre since 2016 and currently serves as President of the Board of Governance, as well as the Supervisor of the School Management Committee. He also serves as co-Chairperson of the Inclusive Preschool Workgroup, member of the Advisory Panel to the Youth Court, as well as the Advisory Panel on Parenting. Previously, he served on the Steering Committee of the Enabling Masterplan, the Advisory Panel on Early Intervention and several others in the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), the Early Childhood Development Agency, and the NCSS. He received the Friends of MSF Award in 2017.
 
On the international stage, he is a Board member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities Academy. He contributes on the editorial boards of several peer reviewed journals, including Infants and Young Children and the European Journal of Psychological Assessment.