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08.03.2017 / Announcements


The successful educational programme of the Onassis Foundation continues its journey  

Athens, 2 March 2017. The Onassis Foundation invites children on the wide spectrum of autism and their parents to participate in the workshop ‘Music Loves Autism’. This successful educational programme will travel throughout Greece for the third consecutive year. Next stop is Komotini (31 March, 1 & 2 April 2017).

The workshop is organized with the invaluable collaboration of the Association of Parents, Guardians, and Friends of Children and Adults with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Autism, and Asperger as well as with the contribution of the Multifunctional Centre of Social Services of the Municipality of Komotini, where it will be hosted.

The workshop includes musical activities, especially designed in order to be adjusted to the particular wishes and abilities of children. For children on the broader spectrum of autism, music is a motive facilitating their interaction with their environment, and the development of communication skills and positive experiences as individuals as well as family members.

Using numerous musical compositions, we work through the notions of somatognosia (our awareness for the parts of our body) and space, as well as through children’s daily activities and routines. Children creatively experience a variety of sounds and familiarize themselves with several musical instruments. In this way, music is used as a means of communication and interaction. Particular focus is given on developing non-verbal communication.

The educational potential of children on the spectrum of autism is immense. This workshop of the Onassis Foundation aims to make children’s aesthetic education an integral part of their educational experience.

The workshops will be carried out by a specialized team, led by musicologist and music-therapist Christina Panagiotakou.

The programme ‘Music Loves Autism’ travels throughout Greece

KOMOTINI (31 MARCH, 1 & 2 APRIL 2017)

Multifunctional Centre of Social Services of Komotini Municipality,
Gr. Marasli and Pyrgou, Komotini

Dates & Time
Friday, 31 March 2017: This first meeting is only for the parents
Parents of children from 6 to 8 years old: 16:00-18:00
Parents of children from 9 to 12 years old: 18:00-20:00

Saturday, 1 April, & Sunday, 2 April 2017
Children from 6 to 8 years old with one parent | 10:00-12:00
Children form 9 to 12 years old with one parent | 12:00-14:00

Other Events
On Saturday, 1 April, at 19:00 there will be an experiential workshop for adults with limited availability. The workshop is primarily aimed at educators. It consists of a series of activities that take place during the programme ‘Music Loves Autism’.

Reservations are open until Wednesday, 29 March 2017
For information and reservations for the programme and the experiential workshop, please contact the Association Secretary, Ms Triantafylia Karrou:
Telephone: 6943431055
Monday to Friday: 10:00 to 14:00 & 18:00 to 20:00.

Association of Parents, Guardians, and Friends of Children and Adults with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Autism, and Asperger

General Requirements  

1    Participation in the programme is free.
2    Telephone reservations are required. Participation will be decided on a first come first
      served basis.
3    Children must be accompanied by one parent during the entire duration of the workshops.
4    Participation in all three meetings of the cycle is obligatory (31 March, 1 & 2 April).

Onassis Foundation in brief
The Onassis Foundation was founded in 1975, as specifically outlined in Aristotle Onassis’ will. Its aim has been to contribute to crucial aspects of Greek society: health, education, culture, and social solidarity. The efforts and actions of the Foundation have consistently aimed (and continue to do so) at ensuring the access of as many people as possible to institutions, opportunities, and services, necessary for social prosperity and cohesion. Its long-term aim has been to release the creative potential of Greek society and ensure a better present and a more optimistic future.

The music workshop ‘Music Loves Autism’ along with the music and visual-arts workshop ‘Come Along! I Draw Musical Notes’ are two among many projects of the Onassis Foundation designed for the important and sensitive field of Special Education. For decades, the Foundation has supported special schools and integration classes through the donation of books, equipment, and teaching aid in order to facilitate the efforts of educators. Additionally, established in 1978, the Foundation’s Scholarship programme includes the field of Special Education for postgraduate studies and doctoral research in universities in Greece and abroad.  

‘Music Loves Autism’ in Brief
This educational workshop was established in February 2013. Since then, 61 workshops have taken places for various age groups at the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, as well as in 24 cities throughout Greece. More than 170 children with autism and their families have visited the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, in the context of the workshop; 380 children and their parents have taken part in workshops in areas throughout Greece. Over 270 people have taken part in experiential workshops for adults. From 2014 to 2015, public discussions about the workshops were also organized. The workshop’s material and themes are constantly enriched; parent feedback is crucial for its improvement.

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