Dear SENIA-Beijing,

We warmly welcome all teachers, specialist, parents, plus both the local and greater community.  As SENIA-Beijing continues, I cannot help but extend great thanks to previous board members for all they have done and accomplished in making SENIA-Beijing what it is continues to be today allowing us to keep our mission and vision.

Mission: The Special Education Network Inclusion Association (SENIA) is an association of educators, professionals, and parents whose mission is to advocate for and provide resources/supports for differently abled individuals.

Vision: To live in an inclusive world where every individual is supported, resources are accessible, potential is maximized, and action is inspired.

I would like to introduce you to the 2023 – 2024 SENIA-Beijing board with their positions:

  • Janice Bareng-Pineda, Event Chair
  • Dominique Blue, Membership Chair
  • Stephenie Lee, Marketing Chair
  • Suzanne Robare, Secretary
  • Juliane Karlsson, Media Chair
  • James Rupasinha, External Expertise Chair
  • Stacy Lee, School Representative Coordinator
  • Gerald Anthony, Chairman


Dr. Gerald Anthony

Chairman, On Behalf of the SENIA-Beijing Board

Dr. Gerald W. Anthony

Dr. Gerald W. Anthony


Dr. Gerald W. Anthony has been in China since 2002, working as an educator and counselor. He has a doctorate degree in counseling, K-12 educational leadership certification, and a wide range of experiences in the areas of CBT, autism, and language.

Gerald brings over 18-years of education and leadership experience to the SENIA-Beijing board. Currently he serves as Chair of SENIA-Beijing and in the past served as the Co-Chair of Membership and Local Liaison for SENIA-Beijing.

Suzanne Robare

Suzanne Robare


Suzanne Robare has been serving the educational community of Beijing since 1992 in various capacities, including local and international schools, in television, and in publishing. She holds two Master’s degrees in Education (Special Ed/EAL and Teacher Training) with post graduate studies in linguistics, Reading Recovery, and Educational Leadership. Her doctoral studies as an Educational Psychologist were derailed by COVID but she will be continuing to work towards a PhD with a focus on Reading and Literacy.

Dominique Blue

Dominique Blue

Membership Chair

Dominique serves as a middle school Learning Support Teacher at the International School Beijing. She has served students in roles as Special Education teacher, Middle School Math & Science Teacher, Middle School Dean, and Learning Support Coordinator in the USA, Nigeria, and China. She serves as a NEASC accreditation visitor and is completing her tenure as an Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC) Advisory Council member. She is a proponent of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) and bringing much-needed awareness to the importance of creating a positive disability identity rooted in Disability culture.

Dominique holds a B.A. in Africana Studies, an M.Ed. and licensure in Special Education, an M.SE and licensure in Educational Diagnostics, and is completing a Special Education Director licensure. She enjoys learning new knowledge and skills to support and advocate for members of the Disabled community. As the parent of a Disabled youth, her work is personal.

Juliane Karlsson

Juliane Karlsson

Media Chair

Juliane Karlsson has worked over 20 years in education. Her passion for developing better strategies to promote inclusive environments crosses both public and private spaces. She has a degree in education and masters in socio-psychology.

As a teacher, she collaborated in the creation of public policies for schools, courses for child counsellors across the Amazon, and also acts as special needs professional. Her book narrates the children perspective of participation at school. Nowadays, she is the media coordinator of the SENIA-Beijing and is the editor of its newsletter.

Janice Bareng-Pineda

Janice Bareng-Pineda

Event Chair

Janice Bareng-Pineda, a dedicated Learning Support teacher and special education needs coordinator at Harrow School Beijing, champions inclusive education with over a decade of experience. Committed to fostering a nurturing and understanding environment, Janice believes in the potential of every student, regardless of abilities or backgrounds. Her passion extends beyond the classroom as she organizes events advocating special education, mental health, and wellbeing. Proficient in intervention lessons covering literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional learning, Janice extends her support to students, staff, and parents alike. Collaborating closely with other departments and external agencies, she ensures effective support tailored to individual needs. Janice holds a teaching license and a PGCEi from the University of Nottingham, complemented by specialized training in supporting children with Autism and neurodiverse learners. Currently pursuing her MA in Special Education at the University of Northampton, Janice continues her journey of empowering students with diverse needs.
She graduated with AB English (Language and Literature) then she garnered education units for a teaching license, certified in Special Education and PGCEi from the University of Nottingham, UK.

Stephenie Lee

Stephenie Lee

Marketing Chair

Stephenie Lee is a learning specialist with over ten years of experience serving students with ASD, ADHD, dyslexia, and language processing disorders in North America and Asia-Pacific. Trained in programs such as PRT, iLs, Orton-Gillingham, and Lindamood Bell, Stephenie is also the founder of Beacon Learning, a Beijing-based organization that provides customized sensory motor, cognitive processing, and executive functioning interventions to students to help them thrive in academic and social settings.

James Rupasinha

James Rupasinha

External Expertise Chair

James Rupasinha is an educational and child psychologist, who is continually inspired by the patience and dedication he observes in his teaching and counselling colleagues. His background is with the British government, evaluating schools‘ provision for under-achieving students and those with high-level safeguarding needs. In and out of China since 2007, James has been with Harrow Beijing since 2016 and he has over a decade’s worth of experience in building capacity and resilience within Chinese and British schools.

Stacy Lee

Stacy Lee

School Representative Coordinator

Stacy Lee is a learning specialist with over 7 years of experience serving individuals and families with differentiated needs across North America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, and the co-founder of Beacon Learning, a Beijing-based organization that provides customized sensory-motor, cognitive processing, and executive functioning interventions to students to help them thrive in academic and social settings.

As the School Representative Coordinator of SENIA-Beijing, Stacy hopes to nurture a more vibrant, inclusive community that creates safe, growth-oriented spaces for schools, practitioners, family members, and the community to better share resources, best practices, and stories of success!

Looking for a specialist or expert?

Special Education Network and Inclusion Association(SENIA)-Beijing brings you to what’s happening around to keep you updated on upcoming events, conferences, seminars/webinars and workshops this year!

Events Calendar

SENIA Events

SENIA-Beijing is having an Autism Awareness month activity on April 2, 2023.  Scan the QR code for registration and details.

April 2, 2023, 14:00 – 18:00.

SENIA-Beijing     is joining Auesome Place, One Village and RongAiRongLe to host a Moon (Mid-Autumn) Festival Lunch Party.

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10am – 1pm.

Come visit SENIA-Beijing at the Jing Kids International School Expo Beijing

April 17, 2021, 10am – 5:30pm.  Scan the QR code below for details.


February 1-28, 2021


Hosted By SENIA-Beijing

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December 4-6, 2020


Hosted By Chadwick International School, Incheon, South Korea


SENIA is virtual, so let’s use this opportunity to bridge the gap between general education and special education.This year’s conference brings together experts in the fields of Behavior, Communication, English as an Additional Language, Inclusion, and Executive Functions. Excited about this conference, but worried you won’t be able to network? Have no fear. Local chapters are currently planning Watch Parties and other events where you can meet in person.For those of us who are strictly virtual, join an interest-based virtual “Meet-Up.”  Or create one on your own.Let’s build bridges with our colleagues and come together for the benefit of all our students.

Register here:

SENIA Partner Events

5K Charity/Family Fun Run May 28, 10am – 1pm

Incorporating Brain Talks in Teaching Executive Function by: Kaini Gu, M.S. Ed

SENIA-Beijing Partner:



ADDitude ADHD Expert Webinars

FREE Webinars here

ADDitude Webinar Replays

Upcoming conferences in October and 2021


Oct 1-3, 2020

Jan 28-30, 2021

April 22-24, 2021


SENIA Beijing 2024 Conference 

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SENIA Beijing Chapter Spotlight

What participants are saying about the conference:

“Actionable takeaways and a wonderful convening of individuals passionate about helping kids with learning differences!”

“This conference highlighted the importance of having these conferences.”

“Great job SENIA!”

“I enjoyed all the workshops!”

Introducing Our Speakers

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Scholarships and Awards

Do you know an outstanding student or professional that has made a lasting impact in the area of inclusion? Nominate them for the SENIA Student Award or SENIA World Changer Award. Click here to find out more and apply.

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