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Zespol Szkol Specjalnych nr 11

(ZSS11)

description of organisation

Our school was set up in February 1990 from the initiative of a group of specialists and parents of disabled children, who did not find place in any other school existing at that time in Krakow. Those children usually had to stay home and thus needed comprehensive education, therapy and care. At first we worked as Special Primary School no 150 supported by Daily Centre for Integration and Rehabilitation for Children with Disabilities. Both institutions started working in the same time on Dygasinskiego 25 street, in a building not adopted for the needs of disabled children.

Education and therapy for people with multiple disabilities, including deep mental disability, was a completely new subject around that time. That is why teachers needed to look for new effective methods of work, as well as organisational solutions. They learned through experience and constant contact with foreign specialists, especially:
- From Denmark – methods of teaching people with disabilities, with special focus on deep mental disability, as well as support for alternative methods of communication;
- From UK – physiotherapy;
- From France – sensory integration;
- From Belgium – neurophysiology.

Methods and solutions developed by us (multidisciplinary teams of teachers, diagnosis of functional skills, individual educational and therapeutic programs) have become leading examples for many other schools. Our employees have trained over one thousand teachers in Poland within such fields as:
- Functional diagnosis;
- Creating individual educational and therapeutic programs;
- Argumentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for non-speaking students, including special computer programs;
- Education of children with multiple disabilities;
- Supporting technology;

Currently we occupy 2 buildings within a distance of 2 km – in the first building on Dygasinskiego street there are younger pupils and on Dobczycka street older students learn. Our school provides education, therapy and care for around 120 children and youngsters aged 3-25, mostly with multiple and deep mental disabilities. Special School no 11 consists of:
- Special Kindergarten no 3 with early intervention department;
- Special Primary School no 150;
- Special Junior High School no 62;
- Special School preparing for work no 6.
In our work we focus especially on:
- education through games and play;
- education of students with multiple disabilities;
- education of students with deep mental disabilities;
- argumentative and alternative communication (AAC);
- assistive technology (AT);
- theatre lessons;
- multimedia projects;
- sport activities;
- support for graduate students in finding job positions;

Since the beginning of school’s existence we were hosting volunteers from Poland, and for last 4 years we are also hosting volunteers from abroad (Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Spain, Germany, France, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Italy, Hungary, Ukraine) within the frames of European Voluntary Service. They are helping with everyday activities in the school and are supporting students in their regular activities (eating, changing clothes, trips). They also independently organise and lead activities and events for students, for example dancing workshops, language classes, national days etc.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

Inclusion categoryReceiving projectsSending projectsCoordinating projects
Cultural differences
Economic obstacles
Geographical obstacles

Volunteering project

Project name Project Dates Deadline Status
EVS in Special School No11 in Krakow 15/09/17-14/07/18
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Sep 2017 to Apr 2018
15/09/2017 - 15/04/2018
31/12/2037 closed
Keep Greening 15/10/2017-15/08/2018
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Dec 2017 to Aug 2018
01/12/2017 - 15/08/2018
31/12/2037 closed
fair EVS play - EVS project in Krakow, Poland (1.12.2017-15.08.2018)
A total of 0 week(s) during the period
Dec 2017 to Aug 2018
01/12/2017 - 15/08/2018
31/12/2037 closed