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May I have clearer insight in how Poles see/understand autism spectrum disorders?


Kori
26 Sep 2014 #1
I am an American myself with my Polish partner/fiancee in Poland currently. We both have Asperger's syndrome and are currently working on trying to earn online income with our various projects. I have no Polish roots that I am aware of, but Michigan overall has a high Polish population so it is possible. Mostly though I don't know any Polish language and for the life of me I don't have an affinity for it, so he handles all of the communication/translation (no one around us knows English that well at all).

For me to get a better idea of what is going on since I have social/communication limitations from autism as well as lingual/cultural/social blind spots, I need to have a better idea on how Polish people culturally and socially understand/interpret autism and autistic behavior on the whole. Any feedback on this is helpful.

I have been here for 7 weeks, and I see overall that even in Gdansk there is very limited handicap access anywhere besides impossible make-shift rams that are set at too steep of an incline for any wheel-chair to traverse. With this and from what my partner tells me, Poland at this current time is not equipped to accommodate even modest disabilities, which I personally can partially understand this considering how recent socialism fell in Poland in 1989 and how this nation is still trying to adjust to this major transition across the board.

When General Motors (GM) left Flint Michigan in my mother's lifetime, I was told that this tore Flint from being one of Michigan's most up-and-coming places to be to what it is now, a turbulent place.

I value seeing the grit in cultures, the real best and worst faces it has to offer, to see it in an objective light through the subjective experiences of those part of it and spectators outside of it.

Again, any thoughts on this will be appreciated. I look forward to an engrossing discussion.
Nathans
26 Sep 2014 #2
Poland at this current time is not equipped to accommodate even modest disabilities

Sad, but true. Compared to the US, Poland is way behind as far as accommodation to people with disabilities is concerned. On the other hand, it doesn't have much to do with socialism - I guess other EU countries (besides the 'richest ones' like Germany or the UK) may be doing even worse in this aspect.
OP Kori
26 Sep 2014 #3
I meant more that having such a major historical change in the recent past could very well affect the current availability of disability accommodations among many other social-cultural aspects. The difficulty involved with transitioning on the whole would be arduous even if the transition was reversed (from capitalism to socialism) or from two different socio-political stances.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,846
26 Sep 2014 #4
IME most countries in Europe are a bit backward about Autistic Spectrum disorders, notably France, with the exceptions of the UK and possibly Germany and the Netherlands.

In Greece they still throw disabled or disfigured children away at birth for example.


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