[News] Rhodora Palomar Fresnedi wins SENIA Advocacy Award 2017


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


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…)

[Conference] Dr. Stephen Shore to speak at SENITA Annual Conference 2017

SENIA Taiwanshore (SENITA) will host their second annual workshop in Taichung, Taiwan on Friday, January 20, 2017.  Dr. Stephen Shore, the author of Beyond the Wall, will be the keynote speaker of the event, entitled:  Turning Obstacles into Opportunities. For more information about this great opportunity, download the event flyer.

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[News] SENITA holds first SENIA local conference in Taiwan

13055870_460707370720736_3671915557110916731_o 13086866_460707367387403_7002062514619653411_oIn April of 2016, SENITA hosted their first annual conference in Taichung, Taiwan.  They were hosted by Morrison Academy.  The theme for the event was, “Where Do I Begin” with three tracks.

Uwe Maurer the president of the Taiwan Sunshine Foundation led a workshop on learning support within the framework of the Taiwan Education System.  Natasha Kanapathy, a Speech and Language Pathologist, led a session on the understanding the role of an SLP as well as “red flags” for children who might need help.  Freddie Wagner, the learning specialist, at Morrison Academy, led a workshop on Brain Architecture and Understanding the impact of A.D.H.D and Learning.

Those in attendance came from all over the island, but the highest percentage of attendees came from Taipei in the capital, traveling to attend the conference.  Because of the interest, the workshops were repeated for a second conference in Taipei in early May.  The event highlighted a need for a connecting organization and networking opportunities for educators, parents and specialist.

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[News] SENIA Japan holds first conference

13123068_10154329588954245_8109251513234874251_o senia-japan-contact-details-screen-1 senia-japan-end-of-conferenceSENIA Japan was very proud to host their first annual conference on 30th April 2016! It was a huge success and also a great platform to introduce SENIA Asia to Japan.

The conference included two plenary sessions: Applied Behavior Analysis by Christine White-Tzeng and How to Use Your Brain’s Built-in Apps to Sharpen Attention, Battle Boredom, and Build Mental Muscle by Dr. Ron Shumsky.

‘Why inclusion’ was an address by three Heads of Schools that set the tone for the conference: Craig Coutts from Yokohama International School, Jon Schatzky from Canadian Academy and Matthew Parr from Nagoya International School discussed the absolute need for schools to support students with learning needs.

There were a range of sessions presented by educators, from addressing math and language difficulties, co-teaching to modifying curriculum and discussing mental health services available to support individuals from multicultural backgrounds.

The ‘show stopper’ that stole everyone’s hearts were students from Nagoya International School who bravely shared their stories of positive learning experiences as well as their challenges in prior academic settings. Common advice they all had for educators was to get to know each student individually and meet them where they are in their learning journey.

A common vision for supporting students with learning needs, sharing expertise with other educators and the opportunity to come together from across the country to advocate for our students made the SENIA Japan conference a tremendous success.

A huge thank you to all the presenters, the host school Canadian Academy, Heads of Schools for their unwavering support, students who shared their stories, parents, participants and everyone who worked behind the scene to make this conference a huge success. Last but not the least, thank you to the SENIA board for their vision and their mission to support learning for everyone on different learning journeys!

Story Contributed by Srishti Vaswani, SENIA Japan Chapter

[News] SENIA Manila holds 6th Conference

senia-manila-social-media1The SENIA Manila Chapter concluded its 6th Annual Conference with the theme “Making Inclusion Work!” Hosted by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, the conference was attended by 196 participants. The keynote lecture entitled “Foundations of Inclusion” was given by Dr. Marie Therese Bustos, Dean of the University of the Philippines College of Education. An afternoon keynote entitled “Best Practices for Inclusion in the Classroom” was given by Dr. Edilberto Dizon, SPED Diagnostician and IEP Specialist.

A total of 21 teacher workshops were available for participants. Topics included Brain Frames, Differentiation, Resilience, Brain Breaks, IEP Planning, Developing Self Advocacy among many.  To catch a glimpse of the program, click here. Congratulations SENIA Manila Chapter for the success of your 6th conference!


[News] SENIA Singapore Inaugural Event a Success

seniasThe Special Education Network in Asia Singapore Chapter recently concluded their inaugural conference hosted by the Singapore American School. Held on September 3, 2016, the day consisted of spotlight speakers, 14 SAS teacher-lead presentations and opportunities to network with others from around Singapore. The keynote speaker, Ms. Leah Llamzon explored the different journeys that take us to new experiences and influence the perspectives that each of us develop over time. Dr. Roby Marcou talked about whether concerns are initiated at school, by parents, or by clinicians in the community. She also discussed how transparency in sharing information about students can be important to ensuring understandings which are cohesive and can provide for reinforcement of skills learning across platforms. SAS teacher presentations included differentiation, interventions, and social emotional learning. Congratulations to SENIA Singapore for the success of your inaugural event.

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Story contributed by Karli Koning

[Conference] SENIA 2017 Japan Now Open for Registration!


SENIA Student Award 2017 nominations now open!

ig_nom_studentThe Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA), a network of educators, professionals and parents across Asia dedicated to supporting individuals with special learning needs is looking for the next SENIA Student Award winner.

With more than 10 years of advocacy for special education, SENIA is awarding the SENIA Student Award 2017. Last year’s SENIA Student Award went to Tobin Zolkowski. Honorary award winners may be viewed here.

The SENIA Student Award honors a student with a disability who excels. It celebrates the achievements of a child or youth with disabilities; encourages awareness of the abilities and aspirations of children/youth with disabilities; and advocates in behalf of exceptional children in Asia. Nominations may be made by anyone. The winner of the SENIA Student Award will receive a trophy, two nights’ accommodations and flights to attend the SENIA 2014 Singapore Conference.

For information about the SENIA Student Award, please visit the SENIA Student Award website. The deadline for nominations is on November 30, 2016.

SENIA Advocacy Award 2017 nominations now open!

call-for-nominationsThe Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA), a network of educators, professionals and parents across Asia dedicated to supporting individuals with special learning needs is looking for the SENIA Advocacy Award winner 2017.

With more than 10 years of advocacy for special education, SENIA is awarding the SENIA Advocacy Award. This award aims to honor adult(s), groups or institutions who advocate for people with special needs in their community within the Asian region.

The winner of the SENIA Advocacy Award will receive a trophy, two nights’ accommodations and flights to attend the SENIA Japan Conference 2017.

Nominations may be made by teachers, principals, service providers, friends, parents. SENIA is also open to self-nominations. For more information, please visit the SENIA Advocacy Award website. The deadline for nominations is on November 30, 2016.