During the meeting with lecturers and students of the Faculty of Special and Inclusive Education, Anna Charchyan, a lecturer at the same faculty, presented the results of her visit to Poland, including details about the courses she attended.
She spoke about her volunteering experience in Poland in 2009 through the EVS (European Voluntary Service) programme, the work with religious and national minorities, and teens addicted to drugs and alcohol, as well as cultural meetings and visits.
In 2011-2012, Anna Charchyan visited Poznan University of Medical Sciences as a researcher through the Kirkland Programme managed by the Polish-American Fulbright Commission. While in Poland, she also worked at School N103 for Children with Deep Mental Disorders, Bartek Nursery School for Children with Mental Disabilities and did an internship at the local psycho-pedagogical assessment centre.
"As the center of World War II and a European country that had a large number of victims in the post-war period, Poland pays great attention to institutions that provide psychological and pedagogical counselling and support. At the state level, assistance is provided both to professional groups and to people who are in need of intervention and support. The work with children and adults with various developmental disabilities, methodology, staff development and training, public awareness, social inclusion and adaptations are well developed there,” she stressed.
During the meeting, the lecturer also spoke about state and non-state institutions in Poland that offer education in speech-language pathology, higher vocational schools and business schools.
Anna Charchyan also referred to the latest developments, directions, training courses in the field of speech–language pathology. Her speech was followed by a Q&A session and an interesting discussion.