Company

The Organisation for the Protection of Persons with Autism- Pervasive Developmental  Disorders (P.D.D.) of the prefecture of Kastoria was set up in March 2006 by three families of children with autism that live in the area. The initiative was backed up by family members and friends and soon developed into a non-governmental, non-profit body currently supported by almost 300 members, 35 of which are people with autism.

The Organisation has received a certification as a non-profit, non-governmental body that provides social care services and is supervised by the Hellenic Ministry of Health.

The Goal

The goal of the Organisation is the provision of support and protection to people with autism and their families, both at local and national level, to better achieve the purposes of social inclusion. For its purposes the Organisation is operating for:

  1. The mapping out of autism related issues and needs in the municipality of Kastoria
  2. The setting up of facilities and services to meet the needs of people with autism and their families
  3. The training of mental health professionals and educators (in both public and private sectors)
  4. The setting up of volunteering schemes
  5. The support and participation in research projects and actions for the empowerment of people with autism

Collaboration protocols with operators:

  • GENERAL HOSPITAL OF KASTORIA
  • NETWORK OF SOCIAL SOLIDARITY AND ASSURANCE (2015-2016)
  • NAUTICAL CLUB OF KASTORIA
  • TEI OF KASTORIA, TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER (TRC) OF WESTERN MACEDONIA
  • SPECIAL OLYMPICS HELLAS
  • SPECIAL OLYMPICS HELLAS

Initiatives and actions

Since its creation in 2006 the Organisation has undertaken a number of initiatives, the most notable of which include the following:

  • Establishing and running a Day Centre for Children, Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism (since 2012)
  • Running volunteering schemes like ‘ Befriending’ (since 2008)
  • Promoting positive awareness about autism in the community (including festivals and theatrical performances)
  • Providing training (including seminars and workshops)
  • Actively participating in local and national actions for the protection of rights of people with autism (including petitions, public representation)

   

Board of the Organisation

Zagka Aristoula, Chair, Retired Bridesmith

Rizopoulou Georgia, Secretariat, Teacher of Secondary Education

Father Eleutherios Sitilidis, Finance, Priest

Dr. Euaggelou Christina, Member, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineer

Patronou Papaterpou Chrysoula, Member, Writer-Translator