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.

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Dr. Shari Rosen wins inaugural SENIA Advocacy Award

Dr. Shari Rosen, a speech and language pathologist in Shanghai, China wins the first Special Education Network (SENIA) Advocacy Award. The SENIA Advocacy Award celebrates the achievement 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 and mission of SENIA, which is to advocate in behalf of exceptional people in Asia.

Dr. Rosen will be receiving her award at the SENIA 2014 Conference to be held in the United World College East Campus, Singapore on February 28 to March 1, 2014.

Dr. Shari Rosen’s inspiring story of advocacy started when she moved to Shanghai in 2003. After witnessing the extreme lack of special needs services in China, she tirelessly worked as a volunteer to empower students, teachers and parents. Fueled by her passion to advocate for persons with disabilities in China, Dr. Shari Rosen and her husband chose to stay in China and become social entrepreneurs. After selling their home, they risked all they had to start Special Education Consulting. It has not been an easy road but today, their company has grown into the Essential Learning Group (ELG) with offices in five cities, two countries with over 90 staff members. In 2012, the ELG formed the XiErSen (Hope Forest), a local Chinese organization for Chinese families and children with autism.

Her advocacy work has taken Dr. Shari Rosen to various places as an advocate, expert speaker and consultant. She has worked with Red Thread Charities and has facilitated trainings for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), the Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA), and other professional development seminars. Dr. Rosen, along with two professors, are currently working on a Fulbright Scholarship to bring graduate students in the field of special education and communication sciences and disorders to China.

Dr. Shari Rosen’s story truly inspires and compels all special education practitioners to continue to advocate for exceptional children in Asia. Congratulations, Dr. Shari Rosen and the Essential Learning Group!

Honorary certificates will be awarded to Dr. Francis Dimalanta (Philippines), Mr. Oscar Jonsson (China), Ms. Penny Robertson (Jakarta), Ms. Pilar Tan (China) and Surjati Soekraman (Singapore).

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Registration for SENIA 2014 Conference in Singapore now open!

Registration for SENIA 2014 conference in Singapore is now open!

SENIA 2014 Conference will be held at United World College East Campus in Singapore. The conference will have three strands covering valuable topics. The three strands of the SENIA 2014 Conference include:

  • Behaviour management
  • Mathematics
  • Executive functioning

The conference will start at 8:30am on Friday, 28 February and will run until Saturday, 1 March, ending around 4:30pm.  There will be pre-conference workshop on Thursday, February 27. The price of SENIA 2014 is US$100 for the pre-conference and US$270 for the conference.

We have three wonderful keynotes confirmed. Margaret Thorsborne is our keynote speaker on behaviour management and a leader in the field of restorative practices. Steve Chinn is our maths keynote and an expert on dyscalculia and maths learning difficulties. Last but not least is Bonnie Singer, our executive functioning keynote speaker and expert on language and literacy.

Visit the SENIA 2014 page for more information. To register, please click here.