Our Patroness

Maria Stefania Grzegorzewska was born in 1887 in Wołucza and died in 1967 in Warsaw. She was a pedagogue, psychologist, professor and the pioneer of special pedagogy in Poland. She has gained her education in various European Universities - the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, the International Pedagogical Faculty in Brussels, in London and the Sorbonne in Paris.

What is important, in 1922 our Patroness founded the State Institute of Special Education, which after transformations became the Akademia Pedagogiki Specjalnej im. Marii Grzegorzewskiej (the Maria Grzegorzewska University), which exists today.  

Our Patroness Maria Grzegorzewska pioneered the systematic research on pedagogy aimed at persons with disabilities and established the grounds of this pedagogy. Believing a human being to be a psycho-physical unity, she put forward a claim for a global approach towards any "aberration from the norm". She developed the aspect of compensation in the revalidation of the persons with disabilities (the dynamic structural system theory). Her deeper interests laid with pedagogy and psychology of persons who are Blind or have low vision as well as with deafblind persons. She was, among her other achievements, the scientific instructor during the revalidation of the deafblind girl, Krystyna Hryszkiewicz.

Moreover, Maria Grzegorzewska turned a keen eye on the developments in all subdisciplines of special pedagogy and the practice of work with persons having disabilities. The results of her activities encouraged some of the first attempts at creating a complete outline of the theory and practice of work with persons with disabilities.

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"Love is the lever of life, like the greatest impulse of human nature towards harmony, towards order, towards a connection between people, towards a kind attitude towards them." - Maria Grzegorzewska