The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), Quest International University (QIU) is delighted to host the “Special Education: Moving Beyond Boundaries” (SEMB 2021) virtual conference, from December 4-5, 2021. The theme for this event is “Embracing Uniqueness, Empowering Lives.” The aim of this event is to help parents, community specialists and educators be more proficient in supporting students with special needs through school and into adulthood, including involvement in the community. This conference will provide parents, specialists and educators with awareness, best teaching practices, skills to identify and assess individuals with special needs, and knowledge on opportunities for supporting those with disabilities beyond the classroom. There will also be various strands of workshops and oral paper presentations that are targeted towards specific target audiences.
QIU prioritizes the safety of all individuals, especially since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, while still focusing on the delivery of quality educational material through workshops, lectures, poster/research presentations, and exhibitions. As such, the SEMB 2021 is designed to be accessible throughout Malaysia as well as internationally, with participation targeted from participants from all around the world.
Chairperson of RYTHM Foundation. Founder of Taarana, a Special Needs Education School
Professor of Special and Inclusive Education ( The University of Sydney) FASS Disability Liaison Officer.
CEO, World of Inclusion (UK). Consultant, Inclusive Education and Disability Equality
Paediatrician & Head of Clinical Research Centre (Sibu Hospital), Vice President of National Early Childhood Intervention Council (NECIC)
IEP Specialist/Advocate and Assessment Specialist. Former District Director of Student Services & State Supervisor of Special Education.
Advisor, National Early Childhood Intervention Council (NECIC)
Advisor, National Family Support Group for Children & People with Special Needs
Recognising the increasing needs surrounding students with special needs, the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), Quest International University (QIU) is hosting the “Special Education: Moving Beyond Boundaries” (SEMB 2021) virtual conference.
Our tagline for the SEMB21 Conference — “Embracing Uniqueness: Empowering Lives,” raises awareness and acceptance towards special needs and inclusive education. Attending SEMB 2021 will equip parents, educators and community members with the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to provide a brighter future for their children and students respectively. There will also be various strands of workshops and oral presentations that are designed for specific target audiences throughout our two-day conference. However, you may choose whichever workshops you think will benefit your needs.
Despite the pandemic, QIU maintains its emphasis on the delivery of quality educational material through workshops, lectures, poster/research presentations, and exhibitions. As such, the SEMB 20212 will be fully conducted online using the Whova Application.. This opens the intellectual borders between the Malaysian and the international experts, from all around the globe.
Target audience: Teachers
Target audience: Parents
Target audience: NGOs
Target audience: Specialists
Furthermore, a percentage of the proceeds from the conference will be contributed to our conference partner, PAFID (Perak Association For Intellectually Disabled).
This conference is supported by PAFID and NASOM.
We encourage experts, parents, educators and community members to join and share your experiences and knowledge through an enlightening and collaborative dialogue.
When Quest International University (QIU) was launched in 2011, we aspired to be more than just another degree mill.
We are here to produce graduates who change the game. Innovators who leave a legacy in their creations. Leaders who push for positive change. And above all, we aim to produce good people—caring, responsible, respectable individuals who care for their fellow man and the world around them.
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Datin Sri Umayal Eswaran spearheads the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts of the QI Group through its corporate foundation, RYTHM Foundation (RF), which is the global social impact arm of the QI Group.
Under the aegis of the Foundation, Datin Sri Umayal has realised her dream to help children with special needs through the establishment of Taarana, a school for children facing challenges with delayed development in academic, social and adaptive skills. Taarana is the first of its kind in Malaysia and Datin Sri Umayal is a prominent advocate of driving awareness for the cause through workshops and fundraisers. Taarana is described as Datin Sri Umayal’s ‘Labour of Love.’.
Dr David Evans is a professor of Special and Inclusive Education in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. He is actively engaged with teaching at the pre-service and postgraduate level, supporting teachers to build their professional knowledge and skills in designing and implementing educational programs that are inclusive of learners from a full range of backgrounds. His research examines teacher attitudes and self-efficacy towards educating students with disabilities in the neighbourhood classroom (e.g., attitudes towards the principles of universal design for learning, self-efficacy in the use of augmentative and alternative communication devices in the regular classroom). He has supervised more than 60 research students to completion across a range of topics and cultural contexts (e.g., Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka).
Mr. Rieser is currently serving as a consultant on Inclusive Education and Disability Equality and is the CEO of World of Inclusion in the United Kingdom. He has advised on and led the development of strategies and good practices for implementing inclusive education in London, across the United Kingdom and around the world. He has worked with the Anti Bullying Alliance (2014-2015) to produce resources for teachers and schools to challenge disabilist language and name calling, produced several educational and training videos for schools and teachers globally, and has co-authored ‘Disability Equality in the Classroom: A Human Rights Issue’, the first handbook in education written from a social model perspective.
Dr. Toh Teck Hock is a Paediatrician and the Head of Clinical Research Centre in Sibu Hospital. He has worked in the United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia before returning in 2004 to work in Malaysia. Besides general paediatrics, he also works in the areas of developmental behavioural paediatrics and community child health. He is an Adjunct Professor for SEGi University and Sunway University, as well as the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Clinical Advisor in Health Promotion®, Vice President for the National Early Childhood Intervention Council, Council Member for Sarawak State Council for Early Childhood Education and Development, National Assessor for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and Secretary of the Association for Children with Special Needs Sibu. He has spoken at conferences around the world and has also published parent-teacher handbooks on ADHD, language development and breastfeeding, as well as children reading/colouring books, and books on Chinese literary prose and short stories. He received The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award in 2010, Special Education Network in Asia Advocacy Award in 2018, and other awards/prizes for academic/work achievement over the years.
With over thirty years of experience (pre-K through university) in the field of special education including teaching of students with disabilities and graduate students, Dr. Lauer has served in administration as an Assistant Principal, District Director of Student Services and as a State Supervisor of Special Education of Special Education. Some of his responsibilities include a major focus on the interpretation and implementation of federal regulations (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB)) at the state and local levels. He also assisted in the development of state and local special education regulations and policies, creation and provision of professional development and research related to special education and the development of the California Alternate Performance Assessment State assessment for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities. Dr. Lauer has authored books and articles, presented at state, national and international conferences, and has developed an online program to graph school evaluation test scores across the bell curve to clarify meaning of tests and subtests.
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS, Cert Theology (Aust, Hons), MBBS (Mal), MRCP (UK), FRCP (Glasg), MSc Community Paediatrics (Ldn, distinction), is a Consultant Paediatrician who served the Malaysian health service for 35yrs. He headed regional Paediatric and Research Departments. His interests include disadvantaged & marginalised children, indigenous, disability, family self-help groups. He helped revise child health services and introduce national programmes for children. An active child advocate and recipient of Outstanding Asian Paediatrician Award 2012 and SENIA Advocacy Award 2016. He has established NGOs and family support groups. An honorary Senior Fellow at Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy.