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SENIA Manila Conference 2018 Call for Workshop Proposals


Submissions for Workshop Proposals are now open!

Deadline for Submission: February 9, 2018 (Friday)

Conference Date: March 17. 2018 @ British School Manila

For interested presenters, submit proposals here:

SENIA Manila 2018 Workshop Proposal Form

SENIA Manila Conference Call for Workshop Proposals

Final approved speakers will be announced on February 16, 2018 (Friday).

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Fourth Annual SENIA Manila Conference a Success!

The 4th Annual Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA) Manila Conference was a success! Hosted by Brent International School Manila last April 25, 2015, the 4th Annual SENIA Manila Conference offered 2 plenary sessions and 9 workshops for over 120 participants. Plenary sessions involved topics such as “The Impact of Anxiety on Student’s Learning and Behavior” presented by Dr. Ann Helmus and “Social Cognition: The iLAUGH Model” presented by Jenny de Guzman and Lea Infante.

Workshops presenters from various friends of SENIA schools made the conference rich with learning opportunities. There were sessions on co-teaching, IB accommodations, executive functioning, five love languages, mindfulness, restorative discipline and management strategies.

The conference closed with a touching session led by the SENIA Youth members. Through an experiential activity, the SENIA Youth allowed participants to experience what it is like to have learning challenges.

The SENIA Board would like to thank Ms. Priscilla Leighton and Ms. Patti Valley of Brent International School Manila for organizing this year’s conference. Heartfelt thanks also goes out to the speakers who shared their expertise at no cost. Specifically, we thank Dr. Ann Helmus, Jenny De Guzman, Shelly Maldonado, Stella Alcantara, Melissa Mendoza, Ericson Perez, Derek Pierce, Marisol Maranan, Lea Infante, Hanna Naing, Karl Mejia, Rizzy Javier, Leanne Martinez, Catherine Deen and Priscilla Leighton.

Relive SENIA 2015 through these wonderful photos taken during the sessions.


[News] All set for SENIA Manila 2014!

The 3rd Annual SENIA Manila conference will be held at Beacon School on March 22, 2014. The conference will be full of exciting events including two plenary seminars, workshops and time for communities of practice sharing. The honorary SENIA Student Awards will also be given to winners from the Philippines. For the full program and workshop details, click here.

In preparation for the 3rd Annual SENIA Manila conference, SENIA Manila members were given an opportunity to sign-up for workshops and lunch in advance through Sign-Up genius. Handouts from the various presentations will be made available after the conference is over.

SENIA would like to thank Beacon School and Ms. Yvette Crisostomo for organizing this year’s conference. See you on March 22, 2014.

Don’t forget to share your memories by posting your photos using the official hashtag #SENIAManila2014!

[News] SENIA Manila starts 2014 with exciting activities

SENIA Manila starts 2014 with exciting activities

Representatives from SENIA schools met last January 23, 2014 at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Fort Bonifacio to plan for upcoming SENIA Manila activities. New representatives joined the meeting as well as a guest from Best Buddies Philippines. The meeting yielded several exciting activities lined up for SENIA Manila members. For those interested, please coordinate with the contact persons on or before the due date. Walk-ins run the risk of having no seats.


A representative from Best Buddies, an international movement that partners students for success in school, business, and other areas offered a free training and open house about Best Buddies. Here are the dates.

Best Buddies Training
Feb. 15, 2014, Room B,C and D Unilab Bayanihan Center 8008 Pioneer St. Bo. Kapitolyo Pasig (Map here.)
Deadline for Registration: February 7, 2014

Best Buddies Contact:
Ms. Anj Onrubia Director
Best Buddies Philippines
Manila Program
Email: [email protected]

Best Buddies Open House
Feb. 16, 2014, Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street (4th Floor, The Forum) Open to all

SENIA MANILA Conference 2014


Sponsor: Beacon International School
Date: March 22, 2014 (Saturday)
Fee: PhP300 for lunch (Same charge last year)
For inquiries, please contact
Ms. Yvette Crisostomo, Beacon School
Email: [email protected]

Updates on SENIA Manila Conference 2014 is available on the conference page here. Stay connected!

In the meantime, enjoy these photos from the last SENIA Manila representatives meeting.



[News] SENIA Student Awardee 2012 on SENIA Youth Chapter

SENIA Manila is proud to spearhead the first-ever SENIA Youth Chapter this year.

After a successful inaugural meeting last March 9, 2013 at the International School Manila, Mr. Ericson Perez, SENIA board member, asked participants about their experiences. Ms. Andrea Zubiri, the first SENIA Student Awardee, gave a comprehensive account of her experience.

Learn from her and be inspired.  Continue reading

[News] SENIA youth express feelings about SENIA Youth Chapter

The SENIA Manila Youth Chapter completed their inaugural meeting last March 9, 2013 at the International School Manila during the SENIA Manual 2nd Annual Conference.

The nine founding members from various SENIA member schools got to know each other and worked together to define the goals of the SENIA Youth chapter. Check out what they thought about their experiences that day.

“I am extremely excited to start this Youth Chapter because it is something that I strongly believe in doing. I know when I am apart of something that wants to make a difference, there is only good that is to come out of it. This meeting we had together, as the first Youth Chapter, turned out to be something worth while; as all 9 of us clicked together for a common goal in mind. We set out to promote self advocacy and awareness within our school community and we are doing this by putting ourselves out in the open in order to stand up for others. I hope that this Youth Chapter really makes the difference in other peoples lives and makes sure that people with learning differences are able to get the help they need and the self confidence because everyone deserves a chance.”

Megan Johnson, 11th grade, International School Manila

“I really enjoyed the meeting and I’m really excited for the next. The first Youth Chapter meeting was not only inspirational but enjoyable. I can’t wait to start advocating and spending  more time with others similar to me. Thanks you SENIA for the opportunity to do just that.”

Samantha Johnson, 8th grade, International School Manila, SENIA Student Award Winner 2013

“My favorite part of this youth chapter was that I was able to meet such amazing people like  Samantha Johnson who is the winner of the SENIA Student Award 2013. It is a great honor to meet such a person. Second of all I hope that this youth chapter will be the candle that will light the way for other generations of people with learning differences so that they will be able to walk a much safer and secure road in their lives.”

Tux Miguel, 12th grade, Brent International School Manila

Thank you for letting me be part of this Youth Chapter.  My favorite part of it was meeting Samantha Johnson.  As a nominee for the SENIA award, I was really happy for her when she won and I hope that SENIA will go world wide in the next 50 years or so.”

-Jessica Malca, 12th grade, Brent International School Manila

“My favorite thing to do during the meeting was getting to know the people there, learning/working together on things that are similar and are happening to other students. Also, making the plan on the project.”

Danielle Hilker, 12th grade, Brent International School Manila

“My favorite thing about the SENIA Youth meeting was coming and meeting each other again, and talking about what we need to plan for our next presentation or idea. I look forward to us  getting along more too.”

Dominique Hilker, 12th grade, Brent International School Manila

Go forward, SENIA Youth Chapter! We are excited to see what you will accomplish!