SENIA was started by a group of international school teachers in China in 2002. The goal was to create a support network for teachers and other professionals working with children with special educational needs in Asia. Over the years we have grown to include many regions around the world.
SENIA International chapters provide opportunities for networking and training specific to the regional/country needs. Many local chapters host parent support groups, resource fairs, and mini-conferences annually. The SENIA local chapters that have a board consisting of local and expat board members have tended to take root and the mix of local and global perspectives has benefited the members of that local chapter.
SENIA believes that the future experts are the teachers, therapists, and community organisation leaders. The annual SENIA International conference looks to invite both nationally recognised experts in the field as well as the practitioners â€œin the trenches.â€
Remaining in touch with all stakeholders and the global need for best practices strategies/interventions is the heart of who we are as an organisation.