In 1993, Andrzej created an organization that integrates disabled persons into the community by providing them with vocational training and counseling. His experiences with the organization taught Andrzej the many ways in which the dreams of the disabled are frustrated, and how much below their potential they live. Understanding that vocational training alone might be insufficient, Andrzej created a network of local self-help groups, each led by a professional, that assists the disabled to overcome feelings of helplessness and frustration and encourages them to talk about their dreams and goals. Participants select group members from among relatives, neighbors, and friends, and the groups serve as a support and resource.
In order to extend the program to rural areas, where the disabled have few services and options, Andrzej trains representatives in each voivodship (county), who then instruct local facilitators. By 1999, the program had been adopted in seven of sixteen voivodships.
Andrzej is institutionalizing his model by designing and implementing curricula in major Polish universities that will realign the relationship of higher education to social change. These programs link students with disabled persons and encourage students to work with social service groups and develop skills to revamp strategies in a range of areas of social need. In 1999, he introduced the program at the Catholic University of Lublin, which is collaborating with universities in Gdansk, Warsaw, and Cracow. In three years, he plans to expand to the remaining Polish universities.
Andrzej is collaborating with colleagues internationally. He has developed close working relationships with Dr. William Kiernan at Children's Hospital in Boston, as well as with a colleague in Portugal, and he is working with a German organization for the disabled in a project funded by the German government. Andrzej has received funding from the Rockefeller Brother's Foundation, Mott Foundation, and the Stefan Batory Foundation.