Andrea Zubiri, the first SENIA Student Award winner in 2012, inspires once again as her story is featured on ABS-CBN’s news program ‘Bandila’. Aired on March 3, 2016, the feature entitled “How inclusive education helps students with special needs” tells the story of Andrea and her achievement as a new graduate of AB Photography from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. SENIA board member was also interviewed as the Director of her school’s Center for Inclusive Education.
Every three years, the Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA) holds a joint conference with the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).
We are glad to announce that registration for the EARCOS Teacher’s Conference (ETC 2015) is now open! The conference will be held in Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia on March 26 to 28, 2015.
Interested SENIA members may register and pay the same rate as EARCOS members (USD290) until January 23, 2015. The rate will increase to USD310 after January 23, 2015. Changing delegates is acceptable but there will be a USD75 charge after January 23.
For SENIA members, please use this special SENIA REGISTRATION LINK to register. The registration details is found below:
The conference organizers have prepared an excellent program including notable keynote speakers, teacher workshops and special presenters. Confirmed keynote speakers include Anne Sibley O’Brien (Literacy), James Stronge (Assessment) and John Wood (Literacy). There are also pre-conference presentations on Early Childhood Education, ESL, Special Education, Special Needs, Language and Literacy, Counseling, and Technology among many. For more specific information about the keynote speakers, preconferences and workshops, please visit the official EARCOS Teacher’s Conference 2015 website.
The SENIA Manila Youth Chapter completed their first advocacy project as a group. With their video entitled “Are We Really That Different?”, the SENIA Manila Youth continues to advocate for special needs in a touching way. Check out their video and feature below. The feature is written from the perspective of the SENIA Youth.
Are We Really That Different?
Do people have the right to judge us for who we are and what makes us special?
‘SENIA: Are we really that different?’ is a video about us, international students who have learning challenges, and handle them in different ways. Each stride we take, we are faced with new obstacles where our learning challenges prevent us from conquering but we still persevere!
The video is our, Manila Youth Chapter’s, way of spreading awareness about the kinds of challenges we students have. No matter the challenge, we cope with them in our own way and in our own time.
This video has two sides–what we struggle with and how we excel in our hobbies and activities. We want to show that even though we are different, we aren’t. We have learning differences that make us special and unique. However, we are human just like you.
Learning challenges are not rare to society and by just accepting that not everyone thinks alike, we become a more accepting mankind. Our goal is to help the educators and the education sector in the Philippines to be more aware of our challenges. Learning support programs needs to be better developed and spread throughout the Philippines. If kids, at a young age, get the support they need, it will give them a brighter future.