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December 14th, 2016:

[News] SENIM holds 3rd Annual Conference

On November 12, 2016 SENIM (Special Education Network in Malaysia) held its 3rd annual conference at IGB International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme was “Unlocking the Keys to Learning” and the conference included three strands –  Technology, Looking at Learning, and Social Emotional.

The conference was attended by 103 delegates, which included professionals and parents from in and around Kuala Lumpur. As participants arrived at the venue they were treated to a musical performance by Abigail Ang. Abigail is a 14 year old young lady with autism who has an amazing talent playing the piano. Following this performance were three short motivational sessions designed to inspire the conference participants. These included a young man with dyslexia sharing his educational journey, a classroom teacher sharing her perspective on the gift of inclusion, and a school counselor reminding us to be mindful throughout the conference. (more…)

[News] Rhodora Palomar Fresnedi wins SENIA Advocacy Award 2017

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Ms. Rhodora Palomar Fresnedi of the Philippines is the SENIA Advocacy Award winner for 2017.

The SENIA Advocacy Award celebrates the achievements of a student, adult or group who encourages awareness and advocates for the aspirations of people with disabilities. The award honors those who exemplify the vision mission of SENIA, which is to advocate in behalf of exceptional people in Asia.

Ms. Rhodora Palomar Fresnedi is the Executive Director of Unilab Foundation and is the prime mover of Project Inclusion. Unilab Foundation believes that a healthier Philippines is an inclusive Philippines and through “Project Inclusion”, the foundation enables wider employment of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) with special emphasis on Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (PWIDs).  (more…)

[News] Casey Stevenson wins SENIA Student Award 2017

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Casey Elaine Stevenson, a student of Brent International School, is the winner of the SENIA Student Award 2017. The SENIA Student Award honors a student with a disability who excels and advocates for the aspirations of children and youth with disabilities in Asia.

Casey is a strong advocate for special needs inspired by her own personal experiences with disability. Casey started struggling with depression and anxiety when she entered her teenage years. After seeing a psychologist, it became clear that she also has characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder that was previously unidentified. Aside from her personal challenges, Casey also witnessed the challenges of her older sister who has a neurological disorder called Rett Syndrome. Casey’s love for her sister, who she considers her best friend, inspires her advocacy. In her personal statement, Casey said that “She is the main reason I advocate, to help others like her.” (more…)