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Noriah Haji Ahmad
Puan Noriah is currently the Director of Social Welfare Department, Sarawak since August 2011.  Prior to that, she held various senior positions in State Civil Service, such as Deputy Director - State Planning Unit, in charge of human resource planning and management in the Chief Minister's Department since 1995.  She holds an MSc (Human Resource Development) from UNIMAS in collaboration with Gibaran Institute Adelaide, Australia in 1998, Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from Liverpool University, United Kingdom in 1985 and Diploma in Training Management, United Kingdom in 1993.  She is also a council member and advisor to various organisations and NGOs.

Dato' Dr. Amar-Singh HSS
Dato' Amar is a Senior Consultant Paediatrician (Community) and the Head of the Paediatric Department at HRP Ipoh Hospital, Malaysia.  He has also been the Head of the Clinical Research Centre at Perak since 2001.  He has been working with individuals with disability since 1978 and in the past 25 years extensively with parents and children with disability.  He has been instrumental in establishing a number of family support groups and disability NGOs and has assisted the Family Health Division, Ministry of Health to revise the entire child health programme (2006) with a view to introduce routine developmental screening for pre-school children.  He also helped to revise the national registration mechanism for disability registration (2000).  Dr. Amar has an active practice supporting and working with parents and their children with disability as well as supporting governmental agencies.  He is the current President of the National Early Childhood Intervention Council.

Tony Barnett
Tony Barnett is Senior Manager, Early Years, in the Research & Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.  Tony holds an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention, Oxford and a Master of Social Policy, University of Melbourne where he is also an Honorary Research Fellow.  Prior to joining the BSL, Tony worked for ten years managing social housing and homelessness organisations in Australia.  He is currently a co-author on a Campbell C2 systematic review together with the Institute for Evidence-Based Social Work Practice in Stockholm, investigating the effectiveness of case management in reducing homelessness.

Professor Dr. Barry Carpenter
Professor Carpenter works for The Schools Network as Academic Director (Special Needs), United Kingdom.  He is also Professor of Early Childhood Intervention, University of Worcester, United Kingdom, Adjunct Professor at University of Limerick, Ireland, and a Fellow at University of Oxford, UL.  He is Chair (Special and Inclusive Education) of International Network of Educational Transformation (iNet).  He is the UK Representative for Earlyaid (Early Intervention) Working Party of the Europen Union and European Representative for the World Council for the International Society for Early Intervention.  He recently acted as Director of a project into Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities and currently directs a project to develop training materials for educators of children with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties.  In a career spanning 30 years, Prof. Carpenter has held various leadership positions.  He is the author of over 100 articles on a variety of topics in special educational needs and has won the prestigious nasen / Times award for his co-edited book, Enabling Access.  In 2001, he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to children with special needs.

Cindy Chan Wei Sean
Ms Chan is the leader of JOM Mobile Library for Asia Community Service in Penang, Malaysia, and Early Intervention Educator for First Step Centre, ACS.  She joined ACS in 2004 initially as a trainer for young people with special needs to prepare them for supportive employment.  Since 2006, she has been teaching at the First Step Early Intervention Centre, as well as coordinating the activities of the JOM Mobile Toy Library.  Together with volunteers, she drives the JOM Mobile Toy Library van with toys to bring it to several PDKs (Pusat Dalam Kommuniti - i.e, Community-Based Cetres), and make home-based visits to promote play to children with disabilities.  The mobile library covers 7 rural locations throughout the state of Penang.

Clarissa Chang
Ms Chang was the Director of Services for People with Special Needs in Malaysian Care until her retirement in February 2012.  She started her career in nursing and subsequently has spent the last 21 years helping people with learning disabilities and their families.  She obtained her Diploma in Counselling Studies from Christian Heritage University in Queensland, Australia in 2009.  Her many years in partnership with private / corporate sector in preparing adults with learning disabilities for employment, and her training as a Job Coach Trainer by JICA in Malaysia and Japan (2007 & 2010) has equipped her to be an effective Job Coach Trainer.  Ms Chang is presently a Director in the Executive Director's Office in Malaysian Care.

Matron Cheoh Siew Tin
Matron Cheoh is a Senior Public Health Matron in the Public Health Development Division in the Ministry of Health, Malaysia.  She has spent 31 years in the government health service with special interest in Special Needs Children.  She started a Clinic-Based Rehabilitation Unit in Kuala Langat Health District in 1992, and a Multidisciplinary Team in Klang Hospital in 1996.  She has undergone training in early intervention programme at University of Technology, Curtin, Perth, Australia and children and adolescent behavior problems in Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.  Matron Cheoh is currently working at Subunit People with Disabilities, Family Health Development division, Ministry of Health.  She is also a part-time lecturer at University Putra Malaysia, and also at Government and Private Nursing Colleges.  She also edited and contributed in the preparation of a manual and module on care and management of people with disabilities at Ministry of Health level.

Chew Siok Cheng
Ms Chew has a Masters of Art in Education (Special Educational Needs) from Roehampton University, United Kingdom.  She has had 14 years' experience in the field of Early Childhood Intervention, and her major interest is in preschool inclusion, having maintained close contact with a number of kindergartens in her local community in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia.  Ms Chew is presently the Centre Supervisor at Methodist Care Centre, and part-time lecturer at Pilley Institute in Sibu.  She is also the Secretary of Special Olympics Sarawak, Sibu Chapter.

Dr. Chin Saw Sian
Dr. Chin is a general paediatrician by training, and is currently a lecturer in Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in Kuching.  She has a special interest in paediatric nephrology, child advocacy and children's rights, technology and mobile devices in health promotion, children with disability, etc.

Chia Kien Eng, 谢金英
Ms Chia is a Consultant Speech / Language Pathologist at Island Hospital in Penang.  She is one of the pioneers in the field of speech and language therapy services in Malaysia.  She has over 30 years of working experience specializing in paediatric cases.  Her special interest is in the early diagnosis and intervention of speech / language communication difficulties in very young children.  Ms Chia is an EXCO member of BOLD (Bureau of Learning Disabilities).  Her other passion is to promote and teach language and literacy using whole language and thematic approach to preschool and special needs teachers.
谢金英目前服务于槟州 Island Hospital。拥有30年的工作经验的她是国内语音与语言治疗服务领域的先驱之一,特别是在治疗孩童的语音、语言及沟通障碍方面。她对早期干预治疗、语言和识字,及传授学前和特教教师如何以全语言与主题教学法教导语言特别感兴趣。此外,谢女士也是槟州 BOLD (Bureau of Learning Disabilities) 的执委。

A/Professor Chuang Chiung-Hui, 莊琼惠教授
A/Prof Chuang Chiung-Hui graduated from Texas Woman's University Institute of Special Education.  She is currently teaching at the Teacher Education Program of Providence University in Taiwan.  Her passion is in the area of early intervention and preschool inclusion and has published several publications in the area of early intervention and topics regarding the effectiveness of inclusion education for young children.  She is also the consultant of Shin-Wan-Ai Centre, Taichung and in the last few years, she has been actively assisting Taichung government in visitation to early intervention centres in Taichung City and to provide consultation to ensure good service quality.

Dr. Michael W. Churton
Dr. Churton is a Professor of Special Education in University of South Florida, Tampa FL, U.S.A.  He is also a Director of USF-UNIMAS Partnership and State of Florida President, Council for Exceptional Children.  He is a USF Director of Distant Learning and a US Fulbright Scholar 2000 and 2008 UNIMAS (University of Malaysia Sarawak), Kuching, Sarawak.  Dr. Churton has had extensive experiences in Southeast Asia as a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia and has conducted seminars and consultations in the area of disabilities and special education.  He has presented keynote speeches at several SEAMEO, ASAIHL, AAOU, and SEMOLEC conferences.  Dr. Churton has also conducted programs for university professors in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Mongolia and PDR Lao.  He has taught primary school children with intellectual disabilities and directed transitional programs for secondary-aged students.  Since 2005, Dr. Churton and colleagues from USF have provided special education training through a collaborative partnerhsip with UNIMAS and Batu Lintang Teacher Training Institute in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.  Dr. Churton has also conducted research on the prevalence and identification of disabilities in remote areas of Sarawak including Kapit and Batang Ai.

Prof. Madya Dr. Elizabeth Daniel
Dr. Daniel is currently a Consultant Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychologist at the School of Psychology & Social Work, University Malaysia Sabah.  She has trained and supervised post-graduates in this field when she was in Manipal Medical University, and founded many child and adolescent clinics.  She organized camps to identify and create awareness about mental illness, developmental and intellectual disability.  She has served on various Manipal Medical University Boards: Juvenile Justice, Integrated Psycho-Educational Services for Children with Disabilities, Studies and Examiners and Ethics, Post-graduate and Undergraduate Research Programmes.  She has published and presented many papers and invited as chair / panellist at many conferences.  Her area of expertise has been in child and youth mental health issues and postpartum disorders as well as the development of training modules for educators and health workers.

A/Professor Dr. Winnie Goh
Dr. Winnie Goh is a paediatrician specializing in Paediatric Neurology and Developmental Paediatrics.  She is currently a Senior Consultant in the Department of Child Development, and the Senior Consultant in Department of Paediatric Medicine in KK Women's & Children's Hospital in Singapore.  She is also the Assoc. Prof Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.  She is involved in nationwide studies and research on early intervention programmes, and the results have been presented in international conferences and journal publications.  She has been appointed by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Singapore, as the Early Intervention sub-committee Chairman for Nationwide Enabling Master plan (2012-2016).

Dr. Hii King Ching
Dr. Hii is a General Paediatrician with special interest in public child health, child development, family community work and paediatric rheumatology.  She is currently the paediatrician in Kapit Hospital, Sarawak, and Director of Kuching Child Development Centre.

Hsieh Hui-Chuan, 谢惠娟
Ms Hsieh holds a Master Degree in Early Childhood Education and operates Dandelion Kindergarten in Taichung City, Taiwan for 21 years.  In 1996, she started working with Shin-Wan-Ai Centre on preschool inclusion.  Since then, she has been accepting children with disabilities to her school and is a staunch supporter for it.
谢惠娟拥有早期幼儿教育硕士文凭,开办台中蒲公英幼儿园至今已21年之久。1996 年开始与台中信望爱智能发展中心合作推广幼儿融合教育。自此之后,她对幼儿融合教育有深厚的兴趣及开始接收特殊儿童都蒲公英幼儿园学习。

To' Puan Dr. Safurah Jaafar
Dr. Safurah Jaafar is currently the Director of Family Health Development Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia.  She graduated with MBChB from the University of Alexandria in 1981 and completed her Master in Public Health from the National University of Singapore in 1985.  Her interest has always been comprehensive primary health care which started as early as 1982.  Her fellowship in child health from The Child Health Institute of London in 1992 help built her further participation in the developement of screening of children with special needs.  In 1993 she returned from the North-eastern University in Boston with MBA that gives her more wholesome approach to strategic planning and project implementation in health services.  She has also been conferred Fellow of Public Health by the Royal College of Physician, London.

Dr. Rick Jarman
Dr. Jarman was trained in paediatrics in Melbourne, followed by a 3 year fellowship in Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, USA.  He is the founder and Head of Child Behaviour Clinic at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.  He received a number of competitive research grants and has 46 scientific publications.  He has been the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the Australian College of Paediatrics, and member of the written examinations committee of the Royal Australian College of Physicians, and held roles in other state and national professional organizations.  Currently he is a principal specialist at the Royal Children's Hospital, and consultant in the Department of General Medicine, as well as in private practice.

Val Johnson
Val was originally trained as an occupational therapist and has worked with both children and adults with a disability in Australia and New York, USA.  She is the Senior Manager, Services, Noah's Ark, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  Her interests are inclusion of children with disabilities into community settings, evidence based practice, practice-based evidence and program evaluation.  Val currently has overall responsibility for the service provided by Noah's ark in 21 centres throughout the State of Victoria, Australia and their 200 staff.  She is currently President of Early Childhood Intervention Australia (Victorian Chapter).

Kang Pei Pei
Mdm. Kang holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration - International Business from University Kebangsaan Malaysia, and a Master Degree in Childhood Education from University Malaya.  She is the Founder of Aifel Craft Cottage and a trainer for children with learning disabilities.  She is currently active in providing training for Malaysians on the art of Quilling.  Her research interests lies in developing a pre-identification checklist for general teachers to identify children at risk, and teachers' competencies in identifying children at risk.

Dr. Victor P. Karunan
Dr. Victor P. Karunan is presently Deputy Representative and Senior Social Policy Advisor in UNICEF Malaysia based in Kuala Lumpur.  Earlier, he was Chief of Adolescent Development and Participation in the Division of Policy and Practice in UNICEF Headquarters, New York (2004-2010).  Before that he was project officer for the Participation and Partnerships with UNICEF Regional Office East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok.  He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Nijmegan in Netherlands with specialization in peasant studies and rural developement in Asia.  He has since worked in the field of Human rights and Child rights, and worked with various institutions and NGOs, and conducted various related researches.

Dr. Aminah Bee Mohd Kassim
Dr. Aminah is a Public Health Physician and Senior Principal Assistant Director, Family Health Development division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia.  She has a special interest in healthcare for people with disabilities, having spent the last 10 years helping in the development of guidelines, manuals and modules on the management of children with special needs.  Dr. Aminah has participated in research projects aimed at improving program planning as well as training of health care providers handling children with special needs at health clinics and the community.  She is also involved in the development healthcare for People with Disabilities, National Plan of Action 2011-2020.

Khor Ai-Na
Ms Khor is the CEO of Asia Community Service and Vice-President of NECIC.  She is also the Hon. Secretary for BOLD Association for Children with Special Needs, Penang, and President of Malaysian National Council of Toy Libraries, as well as a Board Member of the International Toy Library Association.  Ms Khor has been in the field of disabilities for a long time and is a strong supporter of an inclusive society.  She was the one of the key organising committee member for the First National Early Childhood Intervention Conference held in Penang.

Professor Anam Kour
Prof Anam graduated from National University of Singapore; and completed his Fellowship in Hand Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and an Ilizarov Fellowship at Lecco, Italy.  He is currently a Professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UNIMAS.  He is a Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Sarawak General Hospital.  He is also a visiting consultant to the Lau King Howe Memorial Children Clinic, Agepe Centre, Sibu; Kuching Child Development Centre; Serian Hospital, and the Rajah Charles Brooke's Memorial Hospital.  He is appointed as a member of the Faculty of Examiners for the post-graduate Intercollegiate MRCS Examination, Royal College of Edinburgh.  Prof Anam has focused his activities in the fields of hand surgery, microsurgery, and reconstructive paediatric and adult orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Koay Teng Leong
Dr. Koay is currently an Associate Professor in Special Education at Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, University Brunei Darussalam.  He has a 28 year old daughter, Winnie, who has Downs Syndrome.  He has been a teacher educator for the past 26 years and is active in community service.  He supports several NGOs working for people with disabilities.  He was an invited speaker in Qatar, Kuwait, Indonesia and Malaysia.  He is a Visiting Professor to the Sookmyung University, South Korea.  He has published widely, and has presented papers and workshops in many national and international conferences.  He co-authored with Dr. Toh Teck Hock the book "Helping a Child with ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder".

A/Prof. Dr. Narasappa Kumaraswamy
Assoc. Prof. Dr Narasappa Kumaraswamy is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 3 decades of professional experiences, with special interests in stress management, parental counselling, student counselling and marital counselling.  He is currently an Assoc. Prof. in Clinical Psychology, University of Malaysia Sabah in Kota Kinabalu, and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Hospital Mesrabukit Padang, KK.  He is a Past President and Fellow of International Society of Clinical Psychology and Recipient of Distinguished Psychologist award from American Psychological Association Div.52 in 2011.  He has published several articles and book chapters on various issues related to clinical psychology, especially on psychotherapy and cognitive behaviour therapy.  He also runs a child guidance clinic.

Dr. Peter Lau Sie Teck, 刘世德医生
Dr. Lau is presently a Paediatric Medical Officer in Sibu Hospital, and committee member of Methodist Care Centre.  He graduated from National Defence Medical Centre (Taiwan), and he has worked in paediatrics in Mackay Memorial Hospital and Pintung Christian Hospital, Taiwan.

Dr. Wendy Lawson
Dr. Wendy Lawson is a psychologist and a sessional lecturer in Melbourne University and the University of Birmingham.  Dr. Lawson has high functioning autism and is a mother of 4 children, with two sons also on the autistic spectrum, and a grandmother of two girls.  She was an Australian of the Year finalist in 2008.  She has presented internationally, and authored many books on autism.  Her research is on the neurological differences in our brains and its impact upon learning styles.

Lee Soo Hoon
Ms Lee is a PhD Student at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, doing research in inclusive preschool education.  She is the ex-Assistant Director and current Advisor of Asia Community Service, Penang.  She started her career as an early intervention programme teacher, and the coordinator of the ACS First Step Intervention Centre in 2000.  She received a scholarship from the European Commission in 2007 to pursue her Masters in Special Needs Education.  After completion, she began inclusion support in preschools in 2009.  The inclusion project, jointly run with Bold Association for Children with Special Needs, has offered support to about 20 preschools and 2 primary schools in Penang.

Daniel Leong Han Ming
Daniel is the ex-special education teacher from Wings EIC Melaka who decided to pursue further academic qualifications in special education, and currently doing his PhD study in Macquarie University.  He has Asperger's Syndrome, and his interests lie in research and dissemination of academic knowledge, and keeps in contact with a number of organizations from Malaysia.  He has some experience in temporary lecturing positions in universities and colleges.

Liao Man-Chin, 廖满琴
Ms Liao is the director of Shin-Wan-Ai Centre for children with developmental delay and adults with disability in Taichung, Taiwan.  She is a mother of a child with Down Syndrome.  When she took her four-year-old son to enrol in a kindergarten 19 years ago, none of them accepted him just because he has Down Syndrome and as such, she decided to be his best teacher.  She then started off working as a teacher at Shin-Wan-Ai Centre and was trained as a special education teacher.  Seventeen years ago, she started a pilot project for preschool inclusion for the children in their Centre.  Since then, various inclusion programs have been established and their effectiveness is very positive and encouraging.

Dr. Lim Boon Chuan
Dr. Lim is a paediatric clinical specialist at Sibu Hospital, Sarawak, Malaysia.  He heads the Tele-Primary Care unit at Sibu Hospital.  Dr. Lim also attends to the special needs children at Lau King Howe Memorial Children Clinic at Agape Centre, Sibu, Sarawak.

Lin Chao-Chen, 林照程
Mr Lin Chao-Chen is a graduate of National Taiwan Normal University Department of Music, majoring in Cello.  He and his wife have 4 daughters, the older two having special needs.  In 2002, together with a few families of children with special needs, they formed the "Angel Heart Family" which is a support group that aims to strengthen families of children with special needs.  He is currently the CEO of Angel Heart Family Social Welfare Foundation.  By 2010, the foundation has reached out to Singapore, Malaysia and Sichuan by setting up service points.

Ling Sui Hui
Ms Ling is a physiotherapist and has been working at Lau King Howe Memorial Children's Clinic at Agape Centre, Sibu, Sarawak since 2005.  This is a community clinic that sees children with developmental and behavioural problems.  She has participated in 2 studies relating to parents' perception of the clinic's services and how their intervention has changed the lives of children with special needs.

Loo Jian Wen
Mr Loo is the Public Relations Officer of Mutiara Voice Club (a self-advocacy club) in Penang, Malaysia.  He completed his Diploma in Mass Communication and is now an intern at an advertising company in Penang.  He is a strong advocate of early intervention and inclusions programs.  Mr Loo has participated in conferences and workshops on education, employment, and self-advocacy.  He chaired a session entitled "The gap between able-bodied and the disabled" at the 3rd National Self-Advocacy Conference in Malaysia.  He has also participated in the Paralympics from 2006-2008.

Erica Lovel
Mrs Erica Lovel is an Australian mother of a child with autism.  She facilitates a support group for parents with an autistic spectrum child.  For the past 21 years, Mrs Lovel has helped to find employment for disadvantaged members of the community, including those with a disability.

Dr. Vicky Ma Yue, 马越博士
Dr. Ma holds a PhD in Asian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and has a M.A. degree in Chinese Literature from Peking University.  She has published several papers and books related to research on modern and contemporary Chinese literature and academic history.  She is the mother of a child with special needs, and wife to Dr. Ting Chu Ong.

Dato Haji Mazlan bin Mohamad
Graduated from Universiti Teknologi MARA in 1978, Dato joined the education department as a teacher in 1979 and became a lecturer in Maktab Perguruan Ilmu Khas in Kuala Lumpur in 1986.  He has subsequently served in a number of departments, divisions and teachers institutes in the Ministry of Education Malaysia, and currently he is the Director of Bahagian Pengurusan Sekolah Harian, Ministry of Education, Malaysia.

Dr. Judith Moyle
Dr. Moyle is a Lecturer, Human Relations Counsellor and Consultant at the Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria, Monash University in Melbourne.  She is a social worker with many of counselling and community development experience with people with developmental disabilities (DD) and their families in rural and metropolitan Victoria, and more recently, in Malaysia.  She has particular interests in improving the outcomes for people with DD by raising the profile of DD in the training curricula of health care, allied health and education providers, and in providing face to face exposure of health professionals with people with disabilities to improve communication skills and understanding of their particular needs.

New Wei Ling
Ms New is a Senior Occupational Therapist at Spastic Children's Association of Singapore.  She joined SCAS in 2006 after graduating with 1st class honours and winning the research prize from Cardiff University, UK.  She is currently a member of the Singapore and British Associations of Occupational Therapists, and a registered member of the Health Professions Council, UK and Neuro-developmental Treatment Association, USA.  At SCAS, Ms New works mainly with children from the EIP for Infants and Children.  She is involved in training caregivers and teachers to equip them with the necessary therapeutic skills.  Her quest to align her practice to the latest evidence prompted her to jointly conduct a research with 2 colleagues on the effectiveness of Home Programme in 2010.

Dr. Alvin Ng Lai Oon
Dr. Ng is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Director at Shine Guidance Centre, Petaling Jaya in Selangor, and Associate Professor, Health Psychology Programme, School of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.  He is the President of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology and Council Member of the Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity.  His main role is as a Director of a multidisciplinary centre catering for developmental disabilities and psychological difficulties.  He practices as a clinical psychologist with special interest in the field of developmental disabilities, with expertise in behaviour management for learning, behaviour modification and socialisation in individuals with special needs.  His other interests include self-esteem and depression; weight management; mindfulness-based stress reduction; and health behaviour.  He is currently providing psychological assessments for developmental disabilities and consultations on psychological interventions for families.  He published a book called "Teaching Children Handling Study Stress" (TC Publishing, 2004).  Dr. Ng was previously the Program Coordinator for the Master of Clinical Psychology at UKM.

A/Prof. Dr. Josephine Siew-Ling Ng
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ng is a paediatrician and neonatologist with interest in neurodevelopmental follow-up.  She has a special interest in child health with focus on child development and behavioural problems.  She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Malaysia Sarawak; Consultant Paediatrician at Kuching Child Development Centre, Jawa Clinic, Kuching, providing consultation to children with special needs; and Consultant Paediatrician, Paediatric Department, Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching.  Her research areas range from hearing screening and assessment in the very low birth weight babies and the general paediatric population, to assessment of children with cerebral palsy.

Dr. Selvasingam A/L Ratnasingam
Dr. Selva is a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching.  He is a visiting consultant to Miri, Sibu, and Bintulu Hospitals as well as Agape Centre, Sibu, and part-time lecturer at University Sarawak Malaysia.  He was trained in Oxford University, UK and completed his Child & Adolescent Psychiatry training with the Ministry of Health, Malaysia.  He has special interests in issues concerning adolescents, in particular, their mental health.  He also has keen interest in philosophy and spirituality, and is an active member of Jiddu Khrishnamuti group and Sai Baba organization.

Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan
Dr. Rajini is a Paediatrician in General & Developmental Paediatrics in Sunway Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur.  She is a Committee Member of the Chapter of Child Neurology & Developmental Paediatrics, Malaysian Society of Neurosciences; and of the Developmental Paediatrics Subspecialty Committee, National Specialist Register, MOH Malaysia.  She has special interest in developmental and behavioural paediatrics / neurodisability.  She is the mother of 3 girls including a teenager!  She is currently practicing in a private and has links with other professionals and NGOs involved with children who have different needs.  She hopes to create awareness amongst Paediatricians about these children.

Paulene Shekinah Sasikumar
Ms Paulene is a Speech Pathologist in the Department of Speech & Language Pathology, Spastic's Children's Association of Singapore.  She works primarily with young children between 0-6 years of age and her special interests are in the areas of Childhood Communication Disorders and Fluency Disorders.  Ms Paulene is certified in therapy programs such as Hanen: It Takes Two To Talk and Hanen: More Than Words, Vital Stim Therapy, SOS Approach to Feeding and Swallowing, Oral Placement Therapy.  She is also involved in conducting parent training sessions to empower parents to facilitate communication development in their children and is interested in executing evidence based practices in therapy and also in case study research.

Sarah Rinai Siran
Ms Sarah is a Speech-Language Pathologist working at the Otorhinolaryngology clinic in Sibu Hospital, Sarawak.  She graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia with a Bachelor in Speech Science with Honours in 2009.  She works with special needs children at Lau King Howe Memorial Children Clinic in Agape Centre in Sibu, Sarawak.

Anne Sivanathan
Ms Anne has diverse experience in leadership and advocacy in her 23 years' career in early children education.  She has been a preschool teacher, family child care provider, centre director, lecturer, and speaker at conferences.  Currently, she is a consultant in inclusive education, visiting lecturer at Kolej Dika, Malaysia, and literacy trainer.  She works closely with families, early childhood professionals, and community leaders to ensure that all children have access to high quality programmes and services.  She is the Auditor of National Association of Early Childhood Care & Education, Malaysia, and as Leader of Special Needs working group - World Forum Foundation, USA.  Her goal is to improve programme quality and outcomes for typically developing children and children with special needs.

Cindy Smith
Ms Cindy Smith is a speech pathologist with special interest in working with young children with developmental delay and their families.  She represents The Hanen Centre (Toronto, Canada) in Australia and Asia, and has for the past 15 years, been instructing in the It Takes Two to Talk®
Hanen Program for parents.  She has trained SLPs, ECEs and parents in various countries.  Her previous work includes coordinating Hanen programs within the NHS Trust in Scotland, and managing an early intervention team in Sydney.  Her principal interest lies in helping parents and carers to be the best possible early language interventionists for their children.

Margaret Anne Squire
Mrs Squire is an Education Consultant Manager, Down Syndrome South Australia.  Anne established the first pilot program integrating children with disabilities into South Australian pre-schools.  In 1987, she began with Down Syndrome South Australia as a pre-school consultant.  She has delivered training workshops internationally and in Australia.  Anne has played a significant role in the development and implementation of Down Syndrome SA's 'Resource Kit - Right to Know', about Friendships, Sexuality and Protective Behaviours.  She is involved with Leisure and Recreation programs, Work Experience and Early Intervention initiatives.

Dr. Terrance Gerard Sundram Thomas
Dr. Thomas is currently working as a Consultant at Neurology Service, Department of Paediatrics, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore.  He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore.  He obtained his Fellowship in Paediatric Neurology from the University of Toronto / Ministry of Health, Malaysia.  His special interest is in Paediatric and Neurology Residency Education and training, neuro-immunology and central nervous system infections.

Professor Dr. Thong Meow Keong
Prof. Dr. Thong is a paediatrician and clinical geneticist attached to the Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  He is the Professor of Paediatrics in University of Malaya, and Consultant Clinical Geneticist, UMMC, and heads the Genetics and Metabolism Unit.  He has published many peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conferences focusing on inherited conditions found in Malaysia.  He worked with the Ministry of Health in developing the counselling module for thalassemia and other genetic disorders.  He is the current President-Elect of the Asia-Pacific Society of Human Genetics.  Prof. Thong's current research interests include birth defects and genetic disorders, genetic counselling, and inborn errors of metabolism.

Tieh Mee Yew, 池美瑶
Ms Tieh is a Special Education cum Itinerant Support Teacher at Methodist Care Centre in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia.  She has been teaching early intervention and school-aged programme for the past 9 years.  In the last 4 years, she has also been involved in pre-school inclusion as part of a partnership between MCC and a local kindergarten.  She also provides training to the teachers.

Dr. Ting Chu Ong, 陈祖恩
Dr. Ting is the father of a child with special needs.  He is the Imaging Director of US Seismic Imaging, CGGVERITAS.

Ting Shim Lyn, 陈沁龄
Ms Ting is the head teacher for early intervention program at Methodist Care Centre in Sibu.  She has 4 years' experience in this field and enjoys teaching the young children at the centre.  She finds encouragement and motivation from parents who learn to grow and empower themselves, and in turn, help and support other new parents.

Dr. Rachel Ting Sing Kiat, 陈心洁
Dr. Ting is an Assoc. Professor at the School of Sociology, China University of Political Science & Law, Adjunct Professor for Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, and a license psychologist in California.  She has special interest in mental health for the marginalized populations and community (e.g. learning disabilities, disaster victims) in Asia.  She lived and educated in Taiwan for 4 years and USA for 10 years.  She taught master of clinical psychology at HELP University (KL) for 2 years.  Currently she teaches psychology and social work in Beijing.  Her main clinical orientation is an integrative of cognitive-behavioural therapy, humanistic approach, and multiculturalism.  She holds a Master degree in Theology, hence her practices is informed by her faith.  She has published 4 articles in peer-reviewed journals international wide.
陈心洁临床心理学博士很关注被边缘化的亚洲人及社区,特别是学习障碍人士及灾民。她曾在台湾及美国受教育及生活各4及10年。之前曾在吉隆坡的 HELP 大学教导临床心理学硕士班,目前任教中国北京。心洁也拥有神学硕士文凭。

Dr. Toh Teck Hock
Dr. Toh is a Paediatrician and Head of Clinical Research Centre in Sibu Hospital.  He visits NGOs in Bintulu and Miri, and gives lectures in University Malaysia Sarawak and Methodist Pilley Institute (Early Childhood Education).  He is the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Clinical Advisor in Health Promotion®
and Clinical Director of Special Olympics Malaysia Healthy Athletes Programme®, besides a member of National Early Childhood Intervention Council and Sarawak State Council for Early Childhood Education & Development, and Secretary of Association for Children with Special Needs Sibu.  He has published scientific papers and books (including Chinese prose), and recently co-authored the book "Helping a Child with ADHD".  He worked in Australia, United Kingdom and Singapore previously.  His wife, Wong Hau Mee, is a volunteer teacher in a local kindergarten and playgroup for special needs children; and together they have 3 lovely kids.  Dr. Toh was honoured with the "Ten Outstanding Young Malaysian Award" in 2010 for the category "Contribution to Children, World Peace or Human Rights".

Wang Lian Jie, 王廉洁
Ms Wang Lian Jie is an Occupational Therapist and Head teacher at Sibu Autistic Association.  She is originally from Taiwan.  She graduated with her degree in Occupational Therapy from National Taiwan University.  She has worked as an Occupational Therapist in Cardinal Tien Hospital and the First Social Welfare Foundation in Taiwan.  She subsequently obtained her Masters of Special Education at National Taipei University of Education.

Dr. Wong Woan Yiing
Dr. Wong is an "anak Sibu" settled down in Ipoh, Perak.  She is a Consultant Paediatrician at Hospital RPB Ipoh and KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital.  She is also the Secretary for the National Early Childhood Intervention Council (2011-2012).  As a committee member for Association of the Network for the Needs of Children with Disabilities, Perak, she has been involved in the field of disability for the last 15 years.  She has assisted in running several workshops on behavioural modification and training for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder.  She also has experience in facilitating for parenting courses, particularly for Mandarin speaking parents.  Her other interest is in breastfeeding.  She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2006.  She has worked with hospitals wishing to attain WHO Baby Friendly Hospital Status and has performed two lecture tours to Luzhou China on aspects of breastfeeding.

Nor Sharina Mohd Zawawi
Mdm. Nor Sharina is a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist in University Kebangsaan Malaysia.  She has a special interest in swallowing disorders, voice disorders and family based intervention.  She is currently involved in developing speech-language services in UKM Medical Centre, focusing on parents with premature babies, educating them on strategies in facilitating language and communication.  She is also an External Supervisor for Speech Science Program at UKM, and the Treasurer of Malaysia Association of Speech and Hearing.  She is also involved in multidisciplinary clinics in UKMMC such as the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic, and Feeding Clinic.