Stefanus Lucas is a special education teacher at Sekolah Rendah Pendidikan Khas, Sabah, Malaysia. Stefanus has advocated for and changed the perceptions of people with disabilities in Sabah, Malaysia. He has done this by sharing the beautiful experiences of individuals with disabilities on social media and through promoting his special education classes. His inspirational message of â€œfocusing on ability, not disabilityâ€ is very evident in his music classes and the impact that music can have on peopleâ€™s lives. Music unites people and allows individuals to communicate ideas and feelings. It includes everyone as everyone can take part in making music together. Stefanus also focuses on our similarities and how we are all human beings who need each otherâ€™s love and support.Â To see his classes, click on the link: https://youtu.be/4l_CFHwHyiI
Patricia Padorsek, a Director of Teaching and Learning formerly of International School of Kuala Lumpur and now on her way to International School Nido de Aguilas in Chile.
This space will list interesting resources for our SENIA – Beijing community.
An insightful article about social integration and its implementations across different countries:
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, v59 n2 p157-172 2012
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Dr. Joan Schumann who is just beginning a new position as Director of Professional Learning and Instruction at International School Beijing.
Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift are well known speakers and advocates within the disability rights community, they prefer to think of themselves as modern day storytellers, continuing the long held tradition of using humour and narrative to initiate self-reflection and social change.
Lori Boll, Erin Madonna and Matt Barker discuss all things to do with working in multidisciplinary teams.
Kumaresan Muniandy is a special education teacher with a degree and master’s degree in special education. He has 10 years of special education teaching experience. At Merbok Special Education Vocational School, he trained students in vocational skills to become skilled workers and venture into the field of entrepreneurship. He also contributed in developing transition program modules for career development which was adopted by special education teachers throughout Malaysia. His expertise in the field of career transition allows him to be one of the experts in training special education teachers at Seameo Sen Malaysia. He has been given various awards such as Excellent Service Award, Outstanding Teacher Award, Innovation Teacher Award, Innovative Teacher AwardÂ and Special Education Icon Award. He has written 23 research papers related to career transition and advocacy among SEN students, as well as provided much needed training for educators, industry and the community.Â To see some of his work, click on the link below: https://youtu.be/0oGENqf2mx0
Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP has over 25 years of experience in the treatment of executive dysfunction.
Greg Oâ€™Connor is a long-time friend of SENIA, who has spoken at many of our conferences and has taught us so much about how we can use technology to best support our students who need it.