Raphael Moris 2020 SENIA Student Award Recipient
Raphael is in grade 9 at Stamford American International School in Singapore. He is an advocate for promoting awareness around autism as there are many misconceptions.
He along with four other friends at Stamford, put together a video addressing these misconceptions, providing information about autism and discussing what it means to be autistic.
Raphael spearheaded the annual autism week which has grown into a whole school event. Not only does he organize blue bracelets for students to wear, he also encourages students and faculty to wear blue in support of creating awareness surrounding autism.
He also presents at his school wide assemblies and shares his message of inclusion to his peers from elementary to high school. The students in the elementary school loved speaking to Raphael about his experiences and treated him like a movie star.
Thank you, Raphael for making a difference in the world and creating awareness about autism!
Ionelle Josiah Ferrer 2020 SENIA Honorary Award Recipient
Ionelle is enrolled in the University of Batangas, Lipa Campus, Philippines.
As a younger student, Ionelle found it difficult to communicate his thoughts and ideas but with support, he was able to move forward and remain in mainstream schooling.
Ionelle is a gifted mathematician, winning many gold awards in middle and high school and a talented musician. He plays bass with his siblings in a band called “Splendio Tritus” whose songs advocate about autism.
He performed live with his band at the Mall of Asia Arena to over 25000+ attendees. He dedicated his performance to all his special education teachers who have supported him in his lifetime. His advocacy on behalf of people with autism has been featured in countless articles and he will be featured in a book to inspire people with disabilities.
Thank you, Ionelle, for inspiring others to make a difference.
Do you know a student with a disability who excels and creates awareness/advocates for special needs? This is your opportunity to nominate a student who deserves some recognition for all they do.
This is a yearly award and includes a scholarship.