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16.03.2017 / Announcements


The successful educational programme
of the Onassis Foundation continues its journey.  

Wednesday, 15 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 travels throughout Greece for the third consecutive year. Next stop is Argos (7, 8 & 9 April 2017).

The workshop is organized with the valuable help of the Odysseia Association for individuals with special needs, parents, guardians, and friends based on the prefecture of Argolida, where the workshop will also take place.

The workshop consists of musical activities, especially designed to be adjusted to the particular wishes and abilities of children. For children on the broader spectrum of autism, music motivates them, enabling their interaction with their environment as well as the development of their communication skills and positive experiences both as individuals and family members.

Through a series of musical compositions, we work with the notions of somatognosia (our awareness for the parts of our body) and space, as well as with 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 to communicate and mutually interact. The development of non-verbal communication is of particular focus.

The educational potential of children with autism spectrum disorder 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 team of experts, led by musicologist and music-therapist Christina Panagiotakou.

The programme ‘Music Loves Autism’ travels throughout Greece

ARGOS (7, 8 & 9 APRIL 2017)

Workshop Venue

ODYSSEIA Association  
Address: Terma Kanari, Nees Ergatikes Katoikies, Argos, PO Box 21200

Dates and Time

Friday, 7 April 2017 – Meeting just for parents
Parents of children aged 6 to 8 years old: 16:00-18:00
Parents of children aged 9 to 12 years old: 18:00-20:00

Saturday, 8 April & Sunday, 9 April 2017
Children aged 6 to 8 years old with only one parent | 10:00-12:00
Children aged 9 to 12 years old with only one parent | 12:00-14:00

Other Events

On Saturday, 8 April an experiential workshop for adults will take place at 19:00. Availability is limited. The workshop primarily addresses pedagogues working in Education. It consists of a series of activities that take place during the programme ‘Music Loves Autism’.

Reservations are open until Monday, 3 April 2017

For information and reservations for the programme but also the experiential workshop, please call Ms Georgia Xintaropoulou at 6973802564 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10.00 to 13.00 and 17.30to 19.00. From Tuesday to Thursday (10.00-13.00), please call the Odysseia Association at 2751029771.


Odysseia Association for People with Special Needs, Parents, Guardians, and Friends, Argolida Prefecture.

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 (7, 8, 9 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, 62 workshops have taken place for various age groups at the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, as well as in 26 cities throughout Greece. More than 186 children with autism and their families have visited the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, in the context of the workshop; 396 children and their parents have taken part in workshops in areas throughout Greece. Over 288 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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