The Bridge School

2000-2001 – Alina Smyczek, Krakow, Poland


Ala spent time in our Bridge School classrooms as well as traveling to conferences and connecting with professionals in the fields of special education, speech-language pathology and AAC/AT. She returned home with new ideas and strategies for improving the service delivery in her school and throughout Poland.

Ala is credentialed in special education and speech language pathology in Poland and currently is working at the Szkola Podstawowa Specjalna Nr 150 in Krakow. She has implemented the use of AAC/AT tools and strategies for students throughout her school. She also serves as a leader in the area mentoring and instructing others in the inclusion of AAC/AT into daily lives.

In May of 2002, 3 members of the Bridge School staff traveled to Poland to do a follow-up visit with Ala. The team spent time working alongside teachers in their classrooms and participated in team meetings to help problem solve and strategize ways to increase the use of AAC/AT within their classrooms. The Bridge School team also conducted two formal trainings in Krakow; one for parents of students at the school, and one for the professionals that work at the school. They spent 5 weeks in Krakow, living and learning about the culture, service delivery systems and meeting children and colleagues in Poland.