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AAIDD Delegation to Poland

& UMB Special and Inclusive Education: Focus on Poland

October 12-24, 2014

AAIDD is pleased to announce the following delegation in collaboration with

The School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (GISD), The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), and The College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS)
at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) 


The goal of the delegation is to research the supports provided for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Poland and other countries.To learn firsthand about the Polish approach, the delegation will examine the following questions:

  • How has the nation’s history, culture, and context shaped the Polish approach to intellectual disability?
  • What are the structure and delivery methods of supports provided for people with intellectual disability in Poland?
  • How do people with intellectual and developmental disabilities participate in the development of their supports?
  • How does the service system respond across the lifespan with different packages of supports?
This delegation will be co-led by Margaret Nygren, EdD, Executive Director & CEO of AAIDD and Felicia Wilczenski, EdD, Professor and Interim Dean, College of Education and Human Development, UMB. 

AAIDD Delegation History

Since 1996, AAIDD has sponsored professional research and exchange delegations to China, South Africa, Russia, India, Cuba, Brazil, and Norway. This year, the delegation is being offered in conjunction with UMB, who will also be offering this event as a study tour course for university credit. The tentative agenda, fact sheet, and application form are available on this website; all applications and payments for this delegation will be managed by UMB. For more information on this joint AAIDD/UMB offering, visit http://umb.edu/academics/caps/international/poland or or contact jennifer.goode@umb.edu

We invite you to join members of the AAIDD a in this important international exchange. Your professional experience will contribute to the future of the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities while allowing you to gain both personally and professionally from the experience.


  • Meet with leading disability professionals and academic researchers as well as families and self-advocates
  • Guided tours of the historic cities of Gdansk, Warsaw, Lublin, and Krakow, with visits to places such as historic city centers, the Solidarity Memorial, the Warsaw ghetto, and ancient royal castles
  • Work at one of Europe’s oldest universities, Krakow’s Jagiellonian University, which celebrated its 650th anniversary in 2012
  • Guided tour of Auschwitz
  • Guided tour of the ancient salt mine of Wieliczka


October 11 (Saturday): Depart from your city to arrive in Gdansk in the morning of October 12
October 12-15:    Gdansk
October 15-19:    Warsaw
October 19-21:    Lublin
October 21-23:    Krakow
October 23:         Tours of Auschwitz and the famous salt mine at Wieliczka 
October 24:         Depart to your city

Academic Credit

This joint delegation/study tour is offered as

  • a non-credit program open to all AAIDD members and others or
  • a program for academic credit towards a UMB or other degree program (participants must make arrangement with their respective program advisors). 
Fees and Deadlines

The program fee of $3,599 includes all meals, single occupancy lodging, admissions, guides, hotel transfers, and tips. Round-trip airfare to and from your home city is not included in the program fee; airport pick up and transfer to hotel is provided.

Application (and payment) deadline is August 12, 2014 (60 days prior to departure).  Early application is advised as enrollment is limited. No visa is required for US citizens; all participants need a valid passport.

Accepted applicants must participate in a pre-departure orientation by conference call or online, scheduled several weeks prior to departure

Related Links

All applications and payments for this delegation will be managed by UMB
For more information on this joint AAIDD/UMB offering, visit http://umb.edu/academics/caps/international/poland or contact jennifer.goode@umb.edu