Prodeste foundation’s III International conference: “Autism. Lights & Shadows”


Prodeste foundation's III International conference: "Autism. Lights & Shadows"

Do you know what "chiaroscuro" is? According to the most popular source of information, Wikipedia, "chiaroscuro, in art, is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition". This is exactly what our third international conference will be like. We will show you lots of contrast and play with the light surrounding autism spectrum.

Please don't be misguided by this sensual description. We have invited some extraordinary speakers, who will discuss what kinds of contrasts we can find when it comes to the autism spectrum - from the perspectives of scientists, parents and self-advocates.

TICKETS ON SALE:

Right now, you can buy special sale tickets for this three-day meeting on the spectrum. Meet our wonderful speakers from Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Israel, the Great Britain, Serbia and Turkey. Come and see the perspectives you have never expected.

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Prodeste foundation's III International conference: "Autism. Lights & Shadows"

is an invitation to an incredible intellectual and sensual experience. From the neurobiological point of view on the process of creation of sensory impressions and emotions in human brain; through the various ways of stimming among the autistics in the context of all the areas of our lives - partnership, sexuality, education, family dynamics; to the very problem of getting old as an autistic person - a crucial matter, which has never been a point of public interest in Poland yet. We will experiment on the subject of psychotherapy for adults, based on Transcultural Positive Psychotherapy. We will be searching for the hidden potential and strategies that can improve the quality of life of people on the spectrum. We will try to connect human needs, abilities and values, which cannot exist without the helping hand from the environment. We will present the perspectives of physicians, psychotherapists, sociologists, pedagogues and psychologists. We will not forget about parents, whose voice will teach us about the importance of courage and humanness in the context of educational and pedagogical problems, so well-known to every human being.

Finally - we want to present the perspective of people on the autism spectrum: of the younger and a bit older ones. From several countries around the world. We will show how much one's culture can influence the perception of the "lights and shadows" of the spectrum. We will discuss the hardships of building relationships, the joy of physical intimacy and the limitations connected with age. The voice of autistic self-advocates is always an important point of our conferences. This time around we will take you on a journey around the entire world, showing you the places coloured with every emotion and hue.

Chiaroscuro, the strong contrasts between light and shadow, according to Wikipedia, can show the inner space in a more realistic way and emphasize the perspective and dramaturgy of the picture. So we will paint neurodiversity in the shape and form which it has never been shown before.

Welcome

You can find the current list of our speakers below. Please note it might not be complete yet. We see new paths and roads open wide, ready to be taken. Just as you - we are still waiting. We are certain the list of our speakers will be fully settled soon. We will inform you about our next guests. The full conference programme will be available in March or April.

In the meantime

Welcome. You can still buy tickets for the III International scientific conference "Autism. Lights & Shadows" for a special sale price, the sale will last until the end of March. Please - before you decide to buy the ticket - make sure to read carefully our short, but thorough sale terms. Please note: for the first time, our conference will be spread across as much as three days.

Languages

The conference will be available in Polish and English. Listeners will be provided with full two-way simultaneous interpretation.

About the place

The conference will be held at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. We would like to thank the university authorities and professor Jacek Błeszyński for the enormous amount of support, which this incredible event would not be possible without. By the way - please, take a look at the cultural and tourist atractions the city of Toruń has to offer. We are certain that during your "off-the-clock" time you will find something that will surely catch your eye :-)

Side events

Undoubtedly - there will be some. :-) We are planning to organize fantastic exhibits, maybe a vernissage, more and less personal meetigs, shows, and maybe a film show, too. As usual, you will have a chance to attend our informal "banquet". Make sure to follow our Facebook fanpage - updates on side events will be available soon. As for now, let's focus on what is most important:

Speakers:
Dr Barbara Barteczka-Eckert

Dr Barbara Barteczka-Eckert

A specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry, a sexologist, a certified ADOS-2 diagnostician.

In her private practice in Poznań and in Mental Health Clinic in Swarzędz, she diagnoses children, adolescents and adults in terms of autism spectrum disorder. She offers support for autistic persons and their family as well. As a sexologist, she both educates on specifics of sexuality and offers people on the autism spectrum and their partners help in that field.

At the Prodeste Foundation, Barbara supports us as a diagnostician, works with us at diagnostic trips and supports us with psychiatric care for people on the spectrum, who require special medical care. We also co-organize training and scientific projects.

Professor Jacek J. Błeszyński

Professor Jacek J. Błeszyński

Jacek Jarosław Błeszyński is a professor of social sciences with post-doctoral degree. He is an associate professor of the Department of Special Psychopedagogy of the Faculty of Education Sciences of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. An early childhood education pedagogue by education, a certificated speech therapist and a special educational teacher focused on issues regarding autism and severe developmental deficits. The director of Pracownia Badań nad Niepełnosprawnością Złożoną [the Laboratory of Research on Complex Disability] for six years. A co-founder of the National Autism Society divisions in Słupsk and Toruń and the director of Ośrodek Adopcyjno-Opiekuńczy [the Catholic Adoption and Custody Centre] in Kwidzyń (1997-199), and the founder of Diecezjalny Ośrodek Adopcyjno-Opiekuńczy [the Diocesian Adoption and Custody Centre] in Toruń. The author of publications connected with the issue of supporting a child with autism and severe developmental deficits and its family: - Podstawy diagnozy dziecka z autyzmem (1996), - Mowa i język dzieci z autyzmem. Wybrane zagadnienia (1998, 1999), - Wspomaganie rozwoju osób z autyzmem. Teoria – metodyka – przykłady (2004, 2006, 2008, 2011), - Terapie wspomagające rozwój osób z autyzmem (2005). He also researched functioning of foster families, especially the adoptive ones: Kluczowe zagadnienia przysposobienia i funkcjonowania rodzin adopcyjnych (2003, 2005, 2010). He is a co-author of the popular textbook Alternatywne i wspomagające metody komunikacji (2006, 2008, 2010) and the paper Historyczne dyskursy nad pedagogiką specjalną (2008) and Terapia ruchowa a rozwój komunikacji osób autystycznych (2006). His most recent publications are: - Analiza różnicująca wybranych zespołów zaburzeń autystycznych. Zarys problemu (2010) - Autyzm a niepełnosprawność intelektualna. Skala Nasilenia Zaburzeń Autystycznych (2011) - published in 2012 Medycyna w logopedii. Terapia, wspomaganie, wsparcie – trzy drogi, jeden cel. Tom I, edited by J. J. Błeszyński, - Diagnoza i terapia logopedyczna osób z niepełnosprawnością, edited by J. J. Błeszyński and K. Kaczorowska-Bray and J. J. Błeszyński's series of books: - Rozwój społeczny osób z niepełnosprawnością intelektualną. Ograniczenia i możliwości w zakresie kompetencji społecznych (2013), - Muzyka w logopedii (2014), - Komunikacja w logopedii. Trzy drogi - jeden cel. Terapia, wspomaganie, wsparcie (2014), - Metody komunikacji alternatywnych i wspomagających- wybrane zagadnienia (2014), - Terapia logopedyczna (2014), - Wczesna interwencja w logopedii (2015), - J. Błeszyński, M. Orłowska Czas wolny jako środowisko życia – perspektywa pedagogiczna (2016), - M. Orłowska, J. J. Błeszyński Czas wolny w służbie niepełnosprawnych (2018), - Komunikacja-mowa-język osób z zaburzeniami ze spektrum autyzmu (2018), edited by D. Baczała.

Prof. Enver Cesko

Prof. Enver Cesko

Prof. Mag. Sci. Enver Cesko, (Kosova) Mag. Science in Psychology, Pedagogy and Psychotherapy Clinical Psychologist since 1982 National Licensed clinical psychologist since 2001 President of the Kosovo Association for Psychotherapy - KAP, Prishtina, 2001 Director of the Kosova Centre for Positive Psychotherapy - KCPP, Prishtina, 2003 President of Kosova Body Psychotherapy Association – NOKTA, Prishtina, 2007 International Master Trainer, World Association for Positive Psychotherapy, 2008 Private Practice for psychology and psychotherapy, since 1992 Accreditation with World and European Certificate for Psychotherapy – ECP & WCP, 2007 & 2009 Certified Mind Body Medicine Trainer, - CMBM, Washington D.C. , 2005 Board Member of European Association for Psychotherapy – EAP, since 2002 Member of Membership Committee in EAP, since 2016 Member of Editing Board in IJP, EAP, since 2016 Board Member of World Council for Psychotherapy – WCP, since 2008 Board Member of World Association for Positive Psychotherapy – WAPP, since 2010 Chair of Training Standard Committee, WAPP since 2013 Council Member of European Association for Body Psychotherapy - EABP Regularly providing the body psychotherapy and positive psychotherapy education as visiting trainer in Turkey, Cyprus, Ukraine, Macedonia, Albania, Poland, Iran, Ethiopia, and Germany. Former lecturer in different private Universities in Kosovo since 2007. Author of handbook “How to become Positive Psychotherapist”, (2014). Since 1999 he is present with workshops and lectures, in more than 20 World and European Congresses for psychotherapy. Published more than 150 different kind articles in professional and weekly journals.

Bożena Chrostowska, PhD

Bożena Chrostowska, PhD

A pedagogue, an animateur, a coach, a lecturer at Katedra Pedagogiki Społecznej [the Faculty of Social Pedagogics] of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, has PhD. The iniciator and an active implementer of actovities which help spread autism awareness and create an environment friendly to people on the autism spectrum at the University of Warmia and Mazury. Since October 2017 the coordinator of educational support of the students with ASD at the uniwersity. The author of scientific papers on issues related to autism from a pedagogical perspective. Involved in the activity of the Self-Assistance Group for Parents and Caretakers of People with Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Olsztyn, realizing various initiatives. Trains pedagogues and university staff in educational support for pupils and students on the autism spectrum. Also a co-editor of a literary magazine, responsible for the poetry section. Sometimes writes poems and stories herself.

Beata Chrzanowska-Pietraszuk, MA

Beata Chrzanowska-Pietraszuk, MA

A special educational needs teacher slecialized in deaf education, because she wanted to help (WSPS 1992); a psychologist, because she wanted to understand (UKSW 2001); a systemic psychotherapist, because she wants to assist (WTTS 2011) adults on their way to understanding their children. She has always translated the language of children's behavior into words understandable for adults. She trains parents, psychologists and teachers in pedagogical skills, teaches them understanding of what happens to the child and what can be done to build a satisfying relationship, develop self-agency and self-determination of a young person. She works with children with developmental difficulties and hidden disabilities. She is the author of the therapeutic program for hyperactive children "Polubić ADHD" [To like ADHD], which was attended by over 200 families. She is also the author of books about the education of extraordinary children.

She conducts therapy for children and adolescents as well as family therapy and adult psychotherapy. She has been running a support group for parents of children who have special educational needs at Specjalistyczna Poradnia Psychologiczno-Pedagogiczna „Uniwersytet dla Rodziców” [the Specialist Psychological and Pedagogical Clinic "the University for Parents"] for eight years, and the Facebook group "ADHD, Zespół Aspergera - wymagające dzieci, poszukujący rodzice" [ADHD, Asperger syndrome - demanding children, seeking parents] for three years. On a daily basis, she works in Specjalistyczna Poradnia Psychologiczno-Pedagogiczna „Uniwersytet dla Rodziców" and at the psychologist's office FILTROWA. Privately, a mother of two adult sons.

Dr Jacek Dobiała

Dr Jacek Dobiała

A specialist neurologist, a clinician, firmly drawing upon the Evidence Based Medicine. On a daily basis, he works in the Neurological Department with the Stroke Subdivision in Leszno. He also cooperates with the Multispecialist Neuroposychiatric and Rehabilitation Team, focused on diagnosing and therapy of people on the autism spectrum. A ruthless enemy of shamanism and pseudotherapy.

Dr Ewa Dobiała

Dr Ewa Dobiała

A psychiatry specialist, a certified psychotherapist and supervisor-applicant SN PTP. A specialist in environmetal therapy, a coach of transcultural positive psychotherapy. She finished the comprehensive training of psychotherapy in the Polish Ericksonowski Institute, trainings in the Pomeranian Institute of Neurolinguistics and the 4-year training of Transcultural Positive Psychotherapy. She is part of a teachers' team in the Institute of Psychoterapy in Wroclaw and the Positive Psychotherapy Centre in Wroclaw. She is also a member and the founder of the Polish Asociation of Psychotherapy Development, a member of the Polish Psychiatric Asociation, Section of Psychotherapy and Environmental Psychiatry as well as the World Association of Positive Psychotherapy (WAPP). While working with her patients, she integrates her clinic experience of a psychiatrist with her psychotherapeutic work, connecting ericksonowski hypnotherapy with positive psychotherapy, as well as strategic and systemic attitude.

Chen Gershuni

Chen Gershuni

Autistic self-advocate and proponent of the neurodiversity paradigm. Runs the "Hebrew Neurodiversity" Facebook page and translates relevant articles into Hebrew. Used to publish a weekly online newspaper column - "An Autistic Diary" (2009). Took part in the autism documentary "High Functioning" (Israel, 2014). Since 2018, serves on the board of the "Milestones for Life" charity, which helps young autistic adults transit into independent living. Took part in the steering committee for a recent academic study at Ben-Gurion University, about the conflict between the autistic population and the establishment. Takes part in the organising committee for Israel's first autistic-run conference, to be held in 2019. Recently started writing a script for a comic drama about the autistic community.
Plays guitar and stick, writes music and lyrics.
Grew up on Israel's Mediterranean coastal plain, in his grandmother's kitchen, in which vivid memories from pre-war Poland continued to be shared up until the 21st century. Named "Chen" after his great grandmother, Chana, whom the Nazi invasion left in Poland forever.

PhD Michał Tadeusz Handzel

PhD Michał Tadeusz Handzel

OSPPE, a doctor of theology in terms of Christian philosophy (PWT in Wroclaw), a scientific licencionate of practical thrology (PWTin Wroclaw), a master of pastoral psychology (PAT in Cracow); a common member of The International Society for the Study of Occasionalism, The Polish Theological Association (Philosophical Section), The Polish Thomas of Aquin Association; a member of correspondence of The Spinoza Society of Canada; the co-worker of the Science-Pedagogical Skoworodoznastwo Centre functioning by the National Pedagogical University by hte name of Hryhorij Skoworoda in Prejaslaw Chmielnicki (Ukraine); he's a lecturer of the history of philosophy and metaphysics at the Higher Spiritual Seminar of the Paulins Monastery; he's interested in the thought of Hryhorij S. Skoworoda, thomistic ethics, fphilosophy of the language, mental philosophy and natural theology. Besides science, he's a Roman catholic priest, working pastorally by the Smaller Basilica at Skalka in Cracow, he's a member of the Association for people with Asperger Syndtrome and their families „Jestem ZA”.

Marta Iwanowska-Polkowska, MA

Marta Iwanowska-Polkowska, MA

A psychologist, an instructor, a coach - a mom of a boy with Asperger syndrome. For about 15 years have I been involved in supporting the development of other people both in business and in private life. I run individual self-development workshops, touching upon topics such as courage, trust, authenticity, "being a human being at work" and how to "#nażyć się" [to live life to the fullest]. My main "work tools" with others are reflection, mindfulness, cognition, respect and appreciation, change of perspective, but also sense of humor and admiration. Privately, I am a mother of two unique boys and the wife of an exceptional husband. I run my workshop "JA Rodzic AS’a" [Me, a parent of an Aspie] dedicated to parents of children on the spectrum who want to focus on their personal development, their emotions, their attitudes in relation to their children, and more. I work with them through the most difficult topics, going through different paths - from shame to courage; from a sense of being lost to a sense of power; from sadness to joy and delight. I like people, nature, books and laughter. I always remember to "#nażyć się"!

Piotr Antoni Kargul, MSc

Piotr Antoni Kargul, MSc

A geologist by profession, but also a man of many interests (military, meteorology, among others). He learned that he was on the spectrum himself at the age of 33, when he was diagnosed with childhood autism. A strong believer in the idea of neurodiversity. Absolutely opposes calling autism "a disease". Shows that it is possible to live a normal life with autism, but also advocates staying aware of one's own distinctiveness and actively working towards a better quality of one's life.

Dorota Kawecka, MA

Dorota Kawecka, MA

An art therapist. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Has theatre experience and has finished acting school in Kraków. In 2015 obtained postgraduate diploma in art therapy. Since 2012 does art activities with children and adolescents with autism and Asperger syndrome at therapeutic trips and camps organized by the Prodeste Foundation. The author of workshops for children and families "Wykorzystanie surowców wtórnych do budowania zabawek" [Use of recyclable materials in building toys]. A producer of activities of the Cultural education programme of Poland.

Dr Ivan Kirillov

Dr Ivan Kirillov

EXPERIENCE: 19 years - psychiatrist, psychotherapist; 18 years - corporate trainings; 15 years - executive coaching; 12 years - Member of Executive Board of Directors of WAPP; 12 years coordinating the Moscow Center of Positive Psychotherapy; 12 years Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychotherapy; 9 years - counselling for business o transitional management o critical incidents o transcultural teams management

EDUCATION: Psychiatry, MD, PhD (Russia, USA); Psychodrama (Russia); NLP (Russia); Positive Psychotherapy (Germany)

EXPERTISE: Psychiatry o Psychotherapy; Positive & Capacity focussed Coaching;  Strategic sessions facilitation; Transition, crisis & conflict facilitation o Leadership trainings; Stress Surfing trainings

Monika Kozáková Pospíšilová, MA

Monika Kozáková Pospíšilová, MA

Monika Kozáková Pospíšilová studied philosophy and social studies at the Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education at Technical University of Liberec. She takes interest in human psyche and personality typologies, always eager to learn more information, to explore and understand new concepts.
In her free time she loves to read and also write – both fiction and non-fiction. In her writing she connects her passion for analyzing people's minds with dreamy imagination and existential themes. Some of her fictional works were published. She works as literature redactor, book reviewer and acquisitions specialis at Regional Research Library in Liberec. Occasionally she also works as a volunteer for various non - profit organizations.

PD Dr Konrad Lehmann

PD Dr Konrad Lehmann

PD Dr. Konrad Lehmann is a systemic neuroscientist working on neural
plasticity and social neurosciences. After studying biology in Bielefeld
(Germany) and gaining a PhD in neuroscience, he has been teaching and
conducting research in Jena since 2006. In addition, he is a respected
science writer on neurobiological issues, and an expert in creativity
research.

Joanna Ławicka, PhD

Joanna Ławicka, PhD

A specialist pedagogue, a doctor of social studies in pedagogy. The chairman of the board of the Prodeste Foundation since 2013 and the author of the popular book "Nie jestem kosmitą. Mam zespół Aspergera" [I'm not an alien. I have Asperger syndrome]. Been working in the foundation ever since it was founded. Not an easy coworker, constantly looks for new ideas and solutions. Completes her tasks with truly deadly determination and persistence. She is demanding – mostly towards herself. Graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań in special education as well as in doctoral studies at Instytut Historyczno-Pedagogiczny [the Institute of History and Pedagogy] in Opole. She took part in numerous trainings, courses, science conferences. In 2016 she represented her foundation at the 11th Autism-Europe Congress in Edinburgh.

Stays active in her profession, at the Foundation she coordinates numerous projects, runs various workshops for people on the autism spectrum and works as a therapist at camps. Privately - a person with passion, works towards the development of tourism and culture. A parent of three daughters.

Bibliography:

Kowalik J. (2004) „Terapeutyczna rozmowa”: Autyzm nr 2/2004
Ławicka J. (2007) „Koncepcja diagnozy rozwojowej w terapii dzieci z autyzmem i pokrewnymi zaburzeniami rozwoju”: „Szkoła Specjalna” nr 5 (242) 2007
Ławicka J. (2008) „Profil Wczesnych Kompetencji Komunikacyjnych”: “Nasze Forum” nr 1-2 (2008)
Ławicka J. (2009) „Przetwarzanie bodźców płynących z wybranych kanałów sensorycznych. Nieprawidłowości istotne dla procesów uczenia się”: Zeszyty Naukowe Uniwersytetu Opolskiego
Ławicka J. (2010) „Terapeutyczne aspekty pogłębionych badań etiologicznych w diagnostyce zaburzeń ze spektrum autyzmu” w: Człowiek i autyzm” Red. J. Kocki, A. Kiciński. Lublin: Polihymnia 2010
Ławicka J., Maciej Krzywda-Pogorzelski (2011) „Trening matematyczny. Pokonaj dyskalkulię”. PWN, Poznań
Ławicka J., Maciej Krzywda-Pogorzelski (2011) „Eduterapeutica dyskalkulia”. PWN, Poznań
Ławicka J., Maciej Krzywda-Pogorzelski (2012) „Eduterapeutica Gimnazjum”. PWN, Poznań
Ławicka J. (2015) “Zastosowanie AAC w kształtowaniu samoświadomości osób z zaburzeniami ze spektrum autyzmu” w: B. Kaczmarek “Autyzm i AAC”
Ławicka J. (2016) "Nie jestem kosmitą. Mam zespół Aspergera". Seven Heroes, Wrocław

Weronika Ławicka

Weronika Ławicka

A developing graphic designer, has a passion for psychology, sociology, pedagogics, informatics, mathematics and cats. A vigilant observer of reality and people. A volunteer at the Prodeste Foundation, and for a long time an active representative of people on the autism spectrum on the Internet and at conferences. Recently, she has started a blog about autism and teenage life on the spectrum called „Made in Abyss". Rather quiet than spontaneous, she prefers minimalism and abstraction. Albeit always surrounded by chaos, she keeps it all under control. As a child, she was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD.

Stiof MacAmhalghaidh Âû

Stiof MacAmhalghaidh Âû

Maqqi was raised in a neurodiverse family. In 1980 he identified himself as a person on the autism spectrum on his own. The diagnosis was eventually confirmed later in 1998. For over 30 years he has been supporting high school and college students, mainly those with autism, dyslexia and ADD. He is the leader at Ânion since 2014 and has devoted himself to creating support networks for people on the spectrum. He is the organizer of the "StimFest Autistic" in Ireland. He has been studying the stimming phenomenon for many years. He also gives lectures and runs workshops on the subject. He believes that stimming is crucial to understanding the autistic life style.

BSc Cos Michael

BSc Cos Michael

Cos Michael. Autism and Ageing Consultant and Autistic Speaker

Cos got her autism diagnosis aged 50 and advocates for more knowledge about autism and ageing. She spent several years leading the NAS Autism and Ageing workstream, winning the Autism Professionals Award for Outstanding Adult Services, 2014.

Cos is often invited to speak in public, presenting on ageing in the UK and abroad, including to the UNCPD. She is a consultant on the Autism Spectrum, Adulthood and Ageing project: and researcher on Improving the Health of Older Autistic People project, both in Newcastle, as well as working on research in Edinburgh and London.

In 2016 she wrote an editorial for the journal “Autism”, "Why we need research about autism and ageing"; and co-wrote a chapter "Listen to the experts: autistic adults tell us what they need", in "Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mid and Later Life". Ed: Scott Wright. JKP.

Cos has worked at the BBC, the National Sound Archive and in the theatre. She has a BSc Social Anthropology.

 

Kosma Moczek

Kosma Moczek

A professional IT specialitst, an analogue photographer at heart, an eccentric by nature, a beginner violinist and an enthusiast of sailing on any water area larger than 1 square meter. A renaissance man, a former alcoholic and a certified genius. He's a defender of those, who cannot defend themselves and a spokesman for those, who cannot speak for themselves. He's a living proof for the fact, that autism and extroversion can make an explosive mix.

Weronika Miksza, BA

Weronika Miksza, BA

A journalist by education, a final year student of graduate studies in the field of political science, specialised in human resources management at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań. The editor of the niebieska-fala.pl website, a project of the Fundacja Aktywnych FURIA foundation in Poznań, adressing various shades of the autism spectrum in Poznań and Greater Poland, a volunteer at FIONA and Fundacja Aktywnych FURIA foundations in Poznań, devoted to supporting people with autism spectrum disorders. Professionally - a desk officer of international cooperation at the Regional Center for Social Policy in Poznań. Privately - a neurodivergent fiancée of neurodivergent Jerzy, and a foster "mother" of a sensory hypersensitive African pygmy hedgehog. An enthusiast of close and distant journeys (also those deep inside the self), foreign languages and eastern martial arts. A spokeswoman for "normality in neurodiversity".

Aleksandra Oszczęda, MA

Aleksandra Oszczęda, MA

A special pedagogue and a music therapist. Graduated from the Academy of Music in Łódź and from the University of Lower Silesia in Wrocław in special education. Since 2009, she runs therapies for people on the autism spectrum based on cognitive psychology. She is especially interested in searching for effective techniques of developing self-consciousness and social thinking among people of any age. She is the author of the chapter „Przydatność eksperymentalnych próbek zadaniowych w procesie diagnozy dzieci z podejrzeniem ASD” [Usefulness of experimental task samples in the process of the diagnosis of children with a suspicion of ASD] of the book "Człowiek i autyzm” [Man and autism], edited by J. Kocki and A. Kiciński. Between 2016 and 2017 she worked as the coordinator and the coach of the project "Muzeum przyjazne osobie z autyzmem" [A museum friendly to a person with autism].

Ula Ratajczak, MA

Ula Ratajczak, MA

An advisor of the Transcultural Positive Psychotherapy, currently takes an advanced course. A neurological speech therapist and a family mediator. A member of the board of the Prodeste Foundation. Finished the course of Children’s clinical neurological speech therapy in the light of modern neuro-physiological knowledge – strategies of diagnosis-therapy procedures based upon NDT-Bobath standards and the International School of Developmental Baby Massage & Movement in London with a specialization of baby massage instructor. Currently in the course of her studies of couple therapy in Katowicki Instytut Psychoterapii [Katowice Institute of Psychotherapy]. Producer of activities and workshops which are a part of the Generator Foundation project called „Moj przyjaciel film” [My friend – the movie]. Coordinator of the OutFilm Festival, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. Has been running specialist meetings and trainings at the Prodeste Foundation for many years, as well as workshops and therapeutic and educational activities at rehabilitation camps.

Aleksandra Rumińska, MA

Aleksandra Rumińska, MA

Half of an autistic parental duo, a mother of two boys on the autism spectrum. A specialist in family counseling by education. She currently studies pedagogy.

Marek Stankiewicz, MSc

Marek Stankiewicz, MSc

Field biology his true calling, photography the passion of his life. As he says himself, „I'm an Aspie, I have Asperger Syndrome, ASD – whatever you call it". Through photography and his blog „Photography and Asperger” he tries to show people how he sees and responds to the world. As a graduate in oligophrenic pedagogy, he helps people with autism by working as a pedagogue at school for children with ASD.

Justyna Sujata

Justyna Sujata

Justyna is almost 22 and is diagnosed with soon-to-become-completely-obsolete early infantile autism (although she's not a child anymore, obviously). A translator of English by profession, mainly focused on the subject of tourism. Likes traveling and watching movies - both in cinema and at her home alike. Values being close to nature. Cannot stand when others think in stereotypes and try to hide something from her.

Krzysztof Tokarski, MA

Krzysztof Tokarski, MA

A psychologist (UG 2009), a lecturer (WSB Gdańsk), a trainer, a happy dad and an enthusiast of the city of Gdańsk, where he has been living since he was born. Runs training courses for ten years. For a couple of years cooperates with the Ośrodek Rozwoju Kompetencji Edukacyjnych education center and runs training courses for schools and kindergartens on topics related to autism, inclusive education, solving conflicts and dealing with difficult students. Runs his own psychologist practice. His goal is to improve the quality of life of people with autism through raising awareness and competence of people focused on or in any way related to the topic of autism: teachers, parents, psychologosts, pedagogues and therapists. Privately - a happy father of two boys. In 2014 he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. His oldest son was diagnosed one year later. He has been running the blog and the Facebook fanpage "Asperger i życie z zespołem Aspergera" [Asperger's and life with Asoerger syndrome] for five years and recently has started his educational YouTube channel dedicated to psychology and the autism spectrum.

Monika Szubrycht, MA

Monika Szubrycht, MA

A Polish philologist, a journalist and a neurological speech therapist by education, a lecturer at Krakowski Instytut Rozwoju Edukacji. Manages the website "Mam Dziecko" [I have a child] at Interia.pl. The laureate of the Nagroda Dziennikarzy Małopolski award in the category: Dziennikarz specjalistyczny [Specialist journalist]. The author of the report "Autism: Bliski Daleki Świat" [Autism: The Near Far World].

Agnieszka Warszawa, MA

Agnieszka Warszawa, MA

An IT specialist, an autism self-advocate, a person with Asperger syndrome. Thinks that the world is way too talkative. Prefers alternative ways of communication and expression. A designer and a visual artist by education, currently a medical informatician at a mental health centre. A dedicated enthusiast of Star Trek ideology, physics, neurology, neuropsychology and classical music.

MA Adam Wrzesiński

MA Adam Wrzesiński

Graduated from the University of Silesia in Katowice in Mathematics and Oligophrenic Pedagogy with Art Therapy. Popularizes maths on various levels. Since June qualified to professionally teach maths as well. Also - a Self-advocate.