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An exceptional visit to the Warsaw metro - a promise that has been kept

published: 2019-04-23 12:02, mlan
An exceptional visit to the Warsaw metro - a promise that has been kept fot. An exceptional visit to the Warsaw metro - a promise that has been kept

Staff of the Życie jest fajne [Life is nice] cafe club, which hires adults suffering from autism, had been dreaming of visiting the Kabaty Technical and Holding Station. Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw, promised to make this dream come true and on 17 April an exceptional tour was organised.


On 19 March, the Mayor of Warsaw paid a visit to the Życie jest fajne cafe club (situated at 86 Grójecka Street) which employs adults suffering from autism. This is where they not only find employment but also participate in daily therapeutic activities. On top of all, this is where they spend time and get to know other people.

During his stay at the cafe club, the Mayor directly inquired about what he could possibly do for its staff. Although the responses differed, the idea of visiting the heart of the Warsaw metro was shared by everyone. So, the Mayor decided to make this dream come true and, within less than a month from that declaration, an extraordinary tour of the Kabaty Technical and Holding Station took place.

The tour began at the Central Dispatch Office where the visitors could see the workplaces of the Lines 1 and 2 dispatchers, metro orderly officer and persons in charge of such areas as communications, power supply and ventilation.
The visitors were then invited to the huge electric locomotive shed where they could see train depots, and the particularly interesting overhaul and repair posts. However, it was seeing the engine driver's cabin that inspired the strongest emotions, as every visitor could sit in front of the Inspiro train pulpit and experience the thrill of driving a metro train.

Support to adults with autism
In Warsaw there are 16 centres supporting people with intellectual disabilities and pervasive developmental disorders, including people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. These institutions provide care, social rehabilitation and therapeutic services  to maintain or foster self-reliance among workshop participants. Warsaw residents with autism can also benefit from seven group therapy workshops and from assistance provided by local centres for people with special needs. There is also a new project to establish and support mutual assistance groups for young people and adults suffering from autism and Asperger's Syndrome. These will include mutual assistance groups, PEERS training and a Friendship Club.

In the Praga District in Warsaw there is also a protected training flat for people with pervasive developmental disorders, including autism and Asperger's Syndrome. This four-people flat is rotational, and its users are provided with social rehabilitation services that are aimed at making them more independent through different kinds of training, including in the field of cooking and cleanliness.
The City is planning to expand its services addressed to people with pervasive developmental disorders, including autism and Asperger's Syndrome, especially when it comes to day-care assistance.