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06.10.2017 / Announcements

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES BY THE ONASSIS FOUNDATION – SPECIAL EDUCATION

Music Loves Autism
Music workshops of the successful educational programme of the Onassis Foundation begin for the sixth consecutive year in Athens and the fourth year in regions throughout Greece.

Reservations for participation are now open!
Our first stops: Athens, Patras, Halkidiki!

The programme is designed and led by Christina Panagiotakou.

The Programme
For children on the broader autism spectrum, music motivates them, facilitating their interaction with their environment and the development of their communication skills. They gain positive experiences both as individuals and family members.

With this at heart, the workshop ‘Music Loves Autism’ consists of especially designed music activities, which can be adjusted to the particular wishes and abilities of the children. Through a series of musical compositions, we work with the notions of somatognosia (that is, the awareness we have of parts of our body) and space, as well as with children’s daily activities and routines.
Children creatively experience a variety of sounds and get to know various musical instruments. Music is, thus, used as a means of communication and mutual interaction. Special focus is given on the development of non-verbal communication.
The educational potential of children with autism spectrum disorder is immense. For six years, this workshop by the Onassis Foundation has primarily aimed at making children’s aesthetic education an integral part of their educational experience.
Through music, children experience collaboration and team spirit, as they work together in a safe environment. The ultimate goal is a music celebration with children as its main protagonists!

Workshops will be carried out by a team of experts.

What is New
From this season onwards, the workshop opens its doors, for the first time, to mixed groups of children. Workshops will also include children who are not diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Our main aim is to integrate them to the team of children who find themselves in the broad autism spectrum, to socialize with them, and thus reduce their exclusion from activities that aim to both educate and entertain. Similarly, mixed groups of children will also feature in the programme that will take place in other regions of Greece. Depending on the case, it will give the opportunity to first-degree family members (for instance, siblings) to participate in the workshop.

Furthermore, during this season experiential workshops for educators will take place for the first time in Athens, at the Onassis Cultural Centre.


Our Stops for 2017

ATHENS – Cycle A: 4, 11, 18, 25 November & 2, 9 December
Cycle A will take place on the above-mentioned dates at the Onassis Cultural Centre of the Onassis Foundation (107 Syngrou Avenue). Participants – children at the broad autism spectrum – will be divided into two groups according to their age group:
a) children aged 6 to 8 years old and their parents
b) children aged 9 to 12 years old and their parents

Participation in all meetings is required. Depending on the case, first-degree family members, such as siblings, can also participate.

For reservations and information about the programme and time schedule, please call: 210 3713000 (09:00 to 17:00), e-mail: education@onassis.org

OTHER REGIONS OF GREECE

Patras: 20, 21, 22 October

The programme will be realized in collaboration with the 4th Special Primary School of Patras for the education of children in the autism spectrum (Lohagou Menounou and Strofadon, Hatzi Square). The workshops will take place on the above-mentioned dates. They are addressed to children, who are in the broad spectrum of autism, from the following age groups:
a) children aged 6 to 8 years old and their parents
b) children aged 9 to 12 years old and their parents

For reservations and information about the programme and time schedule, please call: 2610 526232 (morning) or 6976180736 (from Monday to Friday until the early evening).
Main Contact: Zoe Vlahogianni

Portaria, Halkidiki: 3, 4, 5 November
The programme will be realized in collaboration with the Special Kindergarten and Special Primary School of Nea Propontida, Halkidiki. The workshop will take place on the above-mentioned dates for two age groups of children, who are in the autism spectrum:
a) children aged 6 to 8 years old and their parents
b) children aged 9 to 12 years old and their parents

Reservations and information about the programme and time schedule, please call: 23730 22772 (morning) or 6987159167 (8:30 to 14:30, 17:30 to 20:30).
Main Contact: Athanasia Emmanouilidou

General Requirements of Participation

1    Each child must be accompanied by one parent.
2    The first meeting of each cycle will only be addressed to the parents, who will escort their children in the workshop
3    Participation in all meetings of the cycle is obligatory.
Telephone reservations are required. Participation will be decided on a first come first served basis.


EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOPS FOR EDUCATORS
The workshop primarily addresses pedagogues working in Education. It consists of a series of activities that take place during the programme ‘Music Loves Autism’. Telephone reservations are required. Participation will be decided on a first come first served basis.

Dates for the experiential workshops: Patras, 21 October | Portaria, Halkidiki, 4 November | Athens, 22 November & 13 December (there will be different groups of educators for each date).

Participation in the educational programmes and the experiential workshops is free.


Onassis Foundation in brief

The Onassis Foundation was founded in 1975, as specifically outlined in Aristotle Onassis’ will. Its aim has always 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, 76 workshops have taken place for various age groups at the Onassis Cultural Centre of the Onassis Foundation, as well as in 30 cities throughout Greece. More than 200 children with autism and their families visited the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, in the context of the workshop; 464 children and their parents took part in workshops in areas throughout Greece. Over 460 people have taken part in experiential workshops for adults. From 2014 to 2015, public discussions about the workshops were also organized.

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