From the onset in 1944, the ŚWIT Cooperative employs people with disabilities. Back then, in a country devastated by war, it was necessary to give people work and thus the possibility to earn a living. However, ŚWIT went further – apart from employment, the cooperative provided financial support for people with disabilities in terms of housing adaptation, removal of architectural barriers, equipping apartments with specialized appliances. We organized sports events, including sea voyages and international tournaments in various sports disciplines practiced by people with disabilities.
Unfortunately, after the economic collapse in the early 90s, the Cooperative was forced to reduce both its business and rehabilitation activities. We could not avoid taking difficult decisions when restructuring our business and introducing necessary changes. After that difficult period of time, the situation returned to normal, and there was a significant increase in the employment of persons with disabilities.
Today, ŚWIT has nearly 800 employees, around 90% of them being persons with disabilities. Currently, the rehabilitation outpatient clinic provides primary medical care and rehabilitation treatment, including physical therapy, and prevention tests in the field of occupational medicine. We have patients’ clubs, the center for inclusion of the disabled, we organize rehabilitation camps, individual rehabilitation programs, and provide individual assistance for people with disabilities.