Global Collaboration for Special Needs Education: Singapore’s Special Education Leaders meet with ICare4Autism

ICare4Autism, the International Center for Autism Research & Education collaborated with the New York City based school and center for children with autism, Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices, to share successful education and therapy strategies with a team of Singapore’s special education leaders.  Among the visitors was Mariam Aljunied, the Principal Specialist for Educational Psychology for the Ministry of Education of Singapore, who recently presented research regarding effective strategies for the assessment and support of students with learning differences at ICare4Autism’s 2012 International Autism Conference in Israel. Aljunied completed research as a Fulbright Scholar and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. With over 15 years experience in Singapore’s mainstream schools and specialization in Educational Psychology for special needs, Aljunied is a valuable voice advocating and strategizing for inclusion of differently-abled people in schools.

Joining Mariam Aljunied was Cong Suet Fong (Inspector of Special Education Schools for the Ministry of Education), Diana Chin (Principal of the St. Andrew’s Autism School), Wang Woo Yin Hong (Curriculum Leadership Team Coordinator of the St. Andrew’s Autism School), Hannah Law Yen Ling (Curriculum Leadership Team Member of the St. Andrew’s Autism School), and Siti Rosminah bte Samsuddin (Teacher & Therapist for the St. Andrew’s Autism School).

Dr. Joshua Weinstein, Founder & CEO of ICare4Autism, stated prior to the special visit, “ICare4Autism is dedicated to the continued integration of contemporary evidence-based practices. We wish to aid all persons affected by autism around the globe by sharing our successful strategies and learning from the experience of others.” Educational Director Gili Rechany, Educational Coordinator Chani Katz, and Behavior Consultant Dr. Beth Diviney presented the school and center’s programs and introduced the visiting team to Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices’ children. Singapore’s special education leaders complimented the model and success of Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices’ specialized programs, particularly the center’s state-of-the-art Snoezelen Room, a controlled multi-sensory environment, and the Daily Living Skills Center. Following the tour and presentations, the two diverse teams of leaders shared their experience and discussed further plans for collaboration.

 

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