SENIA Penang: Conference Reflection

Written by: Lizzie Hudson, IGBIS

This year’s SENIA Malaysia conference in Penang was amazing this year. With informative and inspiring keynotes from  Dato Dr Amar Singh and Dr. Toh Teck Hock participants came away with a desire, ability and drive to further our mission of inclusion. Dr. Amar reminded us that inclusion is a grass roots movement that needs our continued passion. We need to make sure that we empower families and continue to push for greater systemic change. His ideas are already being put in place by Mr Alvin Teoh who brought along a group of parents and is continuing to build parent advocacy to push for education policies implementation and enforcement. 

Dr. Toh ensured that we all understood the power of early intervention and that getting and accepting support early is crucial. 

The choices of workshops were great with lots of people talking excitedly about things they learned, tips they picked up and new ideas they are pondering. 

With a supportive team, good food and lots of great local vendors to peruse, the weekend was well spent and I certainly came away feeling energised and inspired to take greater action towards inclusion.