Ireneusz Białek

head of the Jagiellonian University Disability Support Service

tel.: 12 663 43 40


A graduate of the Jagiellonian University in Political Science. In 1999, appointed by the JU Rector to the post of Disability Officer. The author of a comprehensive programme of support for persons with disabilities in access to education, which led to the establishment of the Disability Support Service at the Jagiellonian University in 2005, featuring robust technological facilities. In 2013, the Service was renamed in Polish marking its further development and in 2015 it received modern offices in the Collegium Paderevianum II building, complete with state-of-the-art specialist equipment.

2007-2010 – initiator of broad international cooperation aimed at improving disability awareness of academic teachers and coordinator of three large European projects in that area:

2010 – co-author of an innovative programme supporting students with mental-health difficulties, continuously developed until today, under the name of:

One of the experts evaluating the results of the implementation of the EU “Equal” initiative in Poland. Participant of numerous study visits, such as to the University of Cambridge, Bangor University, the University of Iceland, the University of Turku and Aarhus University. 

As a delegate of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, an attendee of international conferences concerning social issues representing Poland in Riga, Paris and Vienna. A former member of the Expert Committee on Disability serving the Polish Ombudsman.

On multiple occasions, a recipient of the Jagiellonian University Rector award for his professional achievements. Recipient of the Golden Cross of Merit awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland for his outstanding social activity.

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Since September 2017, an Ashoka Fellow: member of an international network of social innovators.