My Journey..

Joanna Smieja
Posted December 22, 2016 from Poland

My name is Joanna. I am from Poland. I am a disabled person since the day I was born. I am suffering from a genetic disorder, which is difficult to diagnose. I am struggling with mobility impairments, such as disabled joints and scoliosis. During my childhood I went through physical exercises and operations. It was a struggle but it was worth it. Thanks to it I am an independent women, who can work, travel and devote herself to her hobby. I have devoted my career to working with kids with autism. I teach kids how to speak, communicate, and make basic self-care stuff. My biggest aim is to teach them how to be independent and how to become active members of the society. At the moment, I am in charge of running the therapy, but I also give consultations to the kindergartens in Warsaw. I teach teachers in kindergartens how to interact with kids, how to engage them in every day routine and how to deal with their problem behaviours. My experience shows that engaging kids with disability in society can be really beneficial. Seeing all of this I can tell it is our responsibility to make disabled people a full members of the society, who can live their life, who can earn their living, who can be happy and fulfilled. I want to accomplish this by bringing kids with autism to schools, and by promoting therapy and education of kids and parents.

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allie shep
Dec 23, 2016
Dec 23, 2016

Hi Joanna - it's very good to hear you say you are an "independent woman". In two ways that is wonderful - I mean independent from your disabilties and independent AS a woman not needing men. I look forward to reading more from you

Allie x

Sabeena Ahmed and The LilFT
Jan 25, 2017
Jan 25, 2017

Hello Joanna,

Greetings and Assalaam Alaikum (peace and blessings) from Dubai,

You are an inspirational and determined lady!

Congratulations on all your achievements.

I look forward to learning more about you and your work, defying stereotypes and introducing new opportunities for children with autism and learning difficulties.

Warmest regards and much respect

Walaikum Assalaam Sabeena

World Pulse Vision Mentor  

Fairtrade Nomad and Optimist for Change

Tamarack Verrall
Feb 03, 2017
Feb 03, 2017

Dear Joanna,

Welcome to World Pulse! Your beautiful heart shines through with your description of how despite the struggles you have had with pain and mobility impairments from birth, that you would be available to engage children with autism. How great that your work is recognized so that many others can learn from you as well. I read Donna William's books "Nobody Nowhere" and "Somebody Somewhere" which taught me a great deal about what is helpful and not in providing support and guidance to children with autism. From what I learned, I have all the more appreciation for what you are doing.

Happy reading and connecting here within our beloved WorldPulse.

In sisterhood,


Feb 03, 2017
Feb 03, 2017

Welcome Joanna!  I'm really happy you were chosen to take part in the Advanced Digital Changemaking training.  I think your experience and work is so important and I really look forward to reading more from you during the training and beyond.



Julie Collura
Feb 05, 2017
Feb 05, 2017

Welcome Joanna! I'm so happy to see you here. I can't wait to hear more of your voice. 

Much love,