Girls compete, women empower and beautiful minds inspire! World Pulse Vision Mentor Update - May, April, March and February 2017

Sabeena Ahmed and The LilFT
Posted March 15, 2017 from United Arab Emirates
 Ms Joanna Smiejka
World Pulse Change Maker and Autism Specialist from Warsaw, Poland
World Pulse Change Maker and Autistic Specialist Joanna Smeijka
World Pulse Change Maker and Autistic Specialist Joanna Smeijka (1/6)

Late December 2016 I decided to apply as a World Pulse Change Maker.

I sent my application and hoped for the best.

I received a message from the World Pulse team early January 2017 to inform me that I had been selected as a World Pulse Vision Mentor.

I was surprised by their message asI didn't believe I was qualified to mentor anyone.

I said ''YES!''

Asthey say, the rest is history.

My Change Maker is Joanna Smiejka from Warsaw, Poland.

Joanna is 30 years old, isdouble psychology graduate and an autism specialist/therapist/shadow teacher and trainer.

Joanna has lived with her disability and hasovercomeitwith the support of her family, friends, peers and colleagues.

She is a ''TRUE INSPIRATION'' and would like to share herpassion, her teaching to assist children with autism to fulfil their dreams and ambitions.

Unfortunately, autism isan area of education which is underresourced and under fundedin her country.

Joanna spent 10 months working abroad with an organisation based in California, US specialising in autism.

She returned to Warsaw to train as a autism therapist.

For the pasttwo and half years she has been tirelessly working with autistic children. She also trains primary school teachers, educators, parents and interns about the best practices and approaches required to teach children with autism and learning needs.

Her Vision

Her vision is to change perceptions and mindsets about autism and learning disabilities.

She hopes that through her work she will encourage government organisations, education authorities, professionals and educators to support everyone with a learning disability.

She would like to see children with autism study and learn with their peers in mainstream schools.

Her vision is to also highlight the need that adult learners with learning disabilitiesshould be given adequate provision and the opportunityto access employment and trainingof their chosen profession or industry.

It has been pleasure and an education learning about her work.

I am privileged to support her vision and cause.

Since January we have been Skyping and talking every other week and sharing ideas about the modules she needs to complete.

I wish her every success with her work and the World Pulse Change Maker Training Programme.

Please kindly read her profile and support her Story Award below.

Thank you!

Best regards to all World Pulse Change Makers


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Jill Langhus
Mar 16, 2017
Mar 16, 2017

Hi Sabeena. Thanks for sharing your story about being selected for the Changemaker program, as well as supporting and encouraging Joanna and her mission. It sounds like you're doing a great job:-)

Sabeena Ahmed and The LilFT
Mar 26, 2017
Mar 26, 2017

Thank you for your very kind words of support.

Hope you are well?

Best regards


Jill Langhus
Mar 26, 2017
Mar 26, 2017

You're welcome:) Any time. Yes, thanks. You?

Sabeena Ahmed and The LilFT
May 02, 2017
May 02, 2017

Dear Jlanghus,

Apologies for the silence. I travelled to Manchester UK to pay my respects to my parents and visit both their graves during April.

It was the first anniversary of my beloved mothers passing 18 April.

Many thanks for all your kinds words of support and encouragement.

Best wishes and regards to you and all your work and initiatives.

Do keep in touch!

Love, peace and blessings