Stanislaw Duszynski


This profile was prepared when Stanislaw Duszynski was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Stanislaw is applying a new approach to integrate disabled people into mainstream life. His approach–which he calls "polyvalent"– combines different types of physical and emotional rehabilitation that lead to disabled people gaining independence and self-sufficiency.
Stanislaw's work enables disabled people to experience realities and challenges that people without disabilities confront on a regular basis. He has created a unique "natural rehabilitation" approach that focuses on the parts of disabled persons that are damaged either by sickness or by injury. This approach integrates physical and mental functions, allowing disabled people to enjoy life as "do-able-bodied" people. Through participation in everything from highly sophisticated classical music concerts to extreme sports like rock-climbing, Stanislaw enhances the ability and confidence of the disabled to be self-sufficient in all aspects of life. His organization not only helps the disabled regain physical strength, mobility, and psychological balance, but also supports and mobilizes them to pursue degrees, education, and employment.
Stanislaw is changing people's attitudes toward physically and mentally disabled persons by proving to fully able people that disabled persons are members of society equal to them and should be regarded as such in every moment of their lives. To spread and reach the public at large, Stanislaw has designed a comprehensive model that can be replicated in other communities–nationally and internationally–where the disabled need assistance in developing their full potential.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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