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Poland: Access, Stares and Wonderful People

Hey there. It’s your friendly neighbourhood disabled entrepreneur, Martyn Sibley, here to share my latest escapades with you. Buckle up, because we’re traveling in Poland at the moment! Now, I have to admit, this trip has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions, but it’s reminded me why I have such a passion for travel, languages, cultures, and the accessibility scene in different countries.

First things first, let’s talk about Poland’s attitude towards disability. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve met some truly wonderful people here. But boy, do they know how to stare in public! Seriously, I’ve become the unofficial star of the show everywhere I go. It’s like I’m a celebrity without the paparazzi. I’m not sure if it’s curiosity or they think I’m some kind of a mythical creature, but the amount of attention I’ve been getting is unreal. Maybe I should start charging for autographs!

But let’s move on to a more serious note: government support. Now, in the land of pierogi and vodka, you might expect a bit more help in terms of funding for equipment and care. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I met with my friends and fellow disability activists Teresa and Bogdan on the weekend in Gorzow. They told me Poland isn’t exactly leading the charge when it comes to disability support. It’s like they’ve misplaced the instruction manual on how to provide assistance to those in need. Come on, guys, let’s step up the game and make life a little easier for everyone!

Okay, enough with the negatives. Let’s focus on the positives, shall we? Accessibility in Poland is actually pretty decent. I’ve encountered some accessible public transport, and a fair number of places have ramps or lifts for wheelchair users. It’s not perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction. Kudos to the folks who made that happen!

Now, let’s talk about the people. Despite the initial stares and the lack of government support, I’ve found that once you break the ice, Poles can be some of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet. Particularly my in laws here. There’s something about their warm hospitality and zest for life that makes you feel right at home. Whenever we face barriers here, the people really step up and find creative solutions.

All in all, Poland has been a fascinating experience for me. It’s reminded me of the incredible diversity our world has to offer and the challenges that come with it. It’s also reminded me of the importance of advocating for disability rights and pushing for change, even in countries where support may be lacking.

So, my fellow change makers, let’s keep exploring, learning, and fighting for a more inclusive world. And remember, no matter where you go, there’s always an adventure waiting just around the corner. Stay curious, and keep breaking those barriers.

Until next time, happy travels!

Yours in wanderlust, Martyn