Aldona Mysakowska-Adamczyk, chair ISAAC

  • Aldona Mysakowska-Adamczyk, chair ISAAC

Aldona Mysakowska-Adamczyk has been speech and language therapist for thirty years, of which more than twenty she dedicated to AAC, working with people of various ages, mostly youngsters.

Among the first therapists introducing AAC to Poland in 1990s, with hardly any resources available that time, she was desperately looking for knowledge and information in the field of augmentative and alternative communication. Joining ISAAC in 1997 started a new chapter in Aldona’s professional career. The Washington 2000 ISAAC conference opened her eyes to the abundance of AAC, while raising her awareness of how much still had to be done to achieve social inclusion of people with special communication needs in Poland. Since then, as one of the very few Polish members, she has attended all ISAAC conferences. She represented Poland on the ISAAC Board of Directors/Council, 2008-2012. In the years 2006-2012 she was on the Board of Mówić bez słów (Speak without Words), a nationwide AAC society, where she oversaw international relations and served as Vice-President. With a view to uniting AAC groups in Europe, in 2011 she co-organized in Warsaw the VIII Eastern and Central European AAC Conference “Let’s Talk Together – AAC in Europe”.

She has been involved in activities of ISAAC BUILD committee aimed to support emerging AAC countries. As the Chair-Elect and two years later as the Chair of the Council, she served ISAAC in years 2014-2018.

Cooperating with NGOs all over Poland and abroad, she has conducted numerous workshops on AAC and AT. A passionate believer in making connections and collaborating, she has visited AAC centres  worldwide (Croatia, Czech Republic, India, Russia, Singapore, UAE, US, Canada and China) to develop a better understanding of cultural differences in the use of AAC systems, while at the same time discovering how much all human beings have in common.