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25.04.2017 / Announcements


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

Tuesday, 25 April 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 Veria (5, 6 & 7 May 2017). It is co-organized with the Special Education School of Veria, which will also act as a host.

The workshop consists of musical activities, especially designed so that they can be adjusted to the particular wishes and abilities of children.

For children on the broader spectrum of autism, 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.

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. In this way, music is used as a means of communication and mutual interaction. The development of non-verbal communication is of particular focus.

The educational potential of children with autism spectrum disorder is immense. The goal of this workshop of the Onassis Foundation is 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

VERIA (5, 6 & 7 MAY 2017)

Workshop Venue and Dates

Special Education School of Veria, 2 Imathionos Street,
Veria 59131

Time and Dates

Friday, 5 May 2017 – Meeting just for the parents

Parents of children aged 6 to 8 years old: 17.00–19:00
Parents of children aged 9 to 12 years old: 19:00–21:00

Saturday, 6 May & Sunday, 7 May 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

Additional Event

On Saturday, 6 May 2017, an experiential workshop for adults will take place at 19:00, at the Special Education School of Veria. Availability is limited. The workshop mainly addresses pedagogues working in Education. It consists of a series of activities that take place during the programme ‘Music Loves Autism’.

Book your place until 4 May 2017  

For reservations and information on the programme and the experiential workshop, please contact the Special Education School of Veria: 23310 67780 (Monday to Friday, from 8:00 to 14:00).

Special Education School of Veria
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 workshop.
4    Participation in all three meetings of the cycle is obligatory (5, 6 & 7 May)

Onassis Foundation in brief

The Onassis Foundation was founded in 1975, as specifically outlined in Aristotle Onassis’ will, in order to contribute to crucial aspects of Greek society: health, education, culture, and social solidarity. The efforts and work 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 work of educators. Furthermore, the Foundation’s Scholarship programme, which was established in 1978, 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, 63 workshops have taken place for various age groups at the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, as well as in 27 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; over 412 children and their parents have taken part in workshops throughout Greece. More than 308 people have participated to experiential workshops for adults. From 2014 to 2015, numerous public discussions took place on topics related to the workshops.

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