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15/11/2017

Smart Guide

A unique portable navigation device for visually impaired people from

the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece

 

The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece announces the production and launch of the "Smart Guide", a portable electronic device of multiple functions for visually impaired people.

Its contribution to the elimination of hazards and the enhancement of independence, regarding the mobility, as well as the social and professional life of the visually impaired ones in general, is great. Of course the device’s substance is supplementary to the white cane’s, which is also highly important, not only for the visually impaired ones, but also as an indicator for the sighted ones.

In fact, the Smart Guide is a navigation device based on the use of sensors of ultrasounds, conceived and designed by the blind Manager of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece, Mr Karkoulias. One of its main functions is the detection of obstacles and gaps around, in a distance of 0,10 m - 4,00 m from the person using it and the relevant information through a specific sound or vibration signal. It also senses the light and the level of it (how bright or dark it is), as well as indicates whether the pilots of devices are on or off or the level of liquids in vessels, if connected with external sensors.

One of the major assets of the Smart Guide is that it is an item produced at the workshops of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece, mostly by blind and visually impaired people, consisting a unique greek product, of high quality, significantly cheaper than competitive products of its item abroad. Its production and the relevant circulation in the market will tremendously contribute to the sustainability of the Sheltered Workshops of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece, for the maintenance of the working positions for blind workers-which is a unique opportunity throughout the country. Therefore this device is of great social impact in all aspects.

The Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award funded its production, further to the Smart Guide’s nomination in 2015 as one of the three winners-business plans of the year. This way there was collaboration developed with Intracom Telecom, which proved very fruitful, concerning the design and production of the device.

For any further information relatively to the device and the user instructions, you can contact Mr Karkoulias or Mrs Evert at: 210-9415222 or 210-9407670 or visit the following link to the site of our association: https://www.fte.org.gr/index.php/en/links.

                   

21/4/2017

 Special Actions for the World Book and Copyright Day 2017

The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece in terms of the celebration of the World Book Day on April 23rd, is organizing as special, multiple event, dedicated to reading.

Given the social need for further promotion of reading among all sections of the population and constant effort for qualitative and totally accessible books to everyone, we gladly invite you to this specific event, as a unique chance for a close, deeper and alternative contact with the world of books.

The actions planned will be held at our facilities, 17-Athinas Street, Kallithea, from 11:00 a.m.-13:00 p.m.

The event, addressing both visually impaired and sighted people, aims to highlight the importance of existence of all forms of books, adjusted to the needs of all readers, in the corps of an equitable and participatory society for all citizens.

Therefore, there will be tours to the Talking Books’ Studios and Lending Library, to the Braille Printing Department and its Historical Library, as well as to the Tactual Museum, with special educational and cultural activities at each department. There will also be readings of a variety of books by actors and authors and a discussion relatively to the matter of reading.

Everyone should try to join this event for a unique and enriched experience, enhancing this way their cultural and social sensitivity.

 

 

6/4/2017

THE TACTUAL MUSEUN is reopening with its new educational programs on

03/04/2017

The Tactual Museum was founded in 1984, for the accessibility of the visually impaired and blind people to the treasure of our national inheritance; in 2004 it extended its operation towards the sighted ones and the general public, adults and students.

It is housed on a two-floor neo-classical building, in Kallithea, donated by Empeirikos to the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece in the 50s.

The Tactual Museum is unique in Greece and one of the very few of its kind in the world, offering the unique chance of perceiving by touch the magnitude of the greek culture, on the contrary with the ordinary museums. Ιts visitors of all ages from all over Greece and abroad come up to thousands per year.

There are special, interactive educational programs being held, not only for the exploration of the Ancient Greek civilization by blinds and sighted ones, but also the right information and motivation of the general public for the welfare of visually impaired people. 

You should all enjoy the unique experience of approaching the greek culture through the sense of touch!

Full access for people with kinetic disabilities

The admittion fee is 2 euros per person-except for disabled people and their attendants.

Visits can be made on weekends by prior appointment.

For further information please contact the Secretariat Office on 210-9415222

We heartily thank the Ministry of Culture, the Hellenic Parliament and the American Friends for the Blind in Greece, for their significant contribution to the reoperation of the Tactual Museum.

198 Doiranis, Kallithea, 176 73 Athens, Greece

 Tel .:  (+30) 2109415222 / Fax:    (+30) 2109415271

 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / website: www.tactualmuseum.gr

 

 


10/3/2017

“The Portrait of a Madonna” &

“The Lady of Larkspur Lotion”of

Williams Tennessee.

 

On March, 8th, the Theatrical Team of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece, successfully presentedat its facilities two one act plays, dedicated to women’s stories: “The Portrait of a Madonna” &“The Lady of Larkspur Lotion”of Williams Tennessee.

The highly talented amateur actors-members our team that took part in the performance were: Μrs Roukoutaki, Mrs Christodoulou, Mrs Aslanoglou, Mrs Gouvatsou, Mrs Kotrotsou, Mr Mouroukos and Mr Kalkounis and the art director was Mr Mataragas.

The reception hall was full and after the performance the actors and director received an ongoing applause by the enthused attendants, as a truly authentic expression of their approval and admiration.

After that, Mr Mpassias, the President of our Board of Directors, congratulated the theatrical team and underlined its uniqueness and social offer, as well as the need for support not only of it, but also the Lighthouse in general, by private and governmental sectors, at this financially difficult period.

There also was a speech given by Mr Balafas, Minister of Migration Policy, who honored the theatrical team, as well as the total non-stop effort made by the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece and committed himshelf for support to our actions in any possible way.

We were also honored by the presence of Mrs Skoufa, representative of the President of the Greek Parliament, Mr Voutsi and Mrs Psaraki, representative of the John S. Latsis Charitable Foundation that have been supporting significant programs of our association for the last two years.

We were also happy to welcome Mrs Eleftheriou and Mr Stavrou, representatives of the Interamerican Company, supporter of our Theatrical Team for the last years.

There were also some other representatives of our Board of Directors: Μr Zakkas, Vice President B’, Mrs Katsarou, General Secretary, Mrs Stratigakou, Cashier and Mrs Maleza, Member.

We heartily thank all those who were by our side at this evening, friends, benefators, staff and volunteers and of course we commit ourselves for even more successful performances in the forthcoming period.

The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece has always been fighting and innovating in the field of social offer to the blind community and society in general and therefore its support for the continuance of its multiple actions and services, emerges as a great social necessity.

 

4/3/2017

On March, 8th, at 19.00 p.m., the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece, is hosting at its facilities,

17, Athinas Street, Kallithea-ground floor

two one act plays-dedicated to women’s stories- that will be presented by the members of its Theatrical Workshop

 “The Portrait of a Madonna” &

 “The Lady of Larkspur Lotion”

of Williams Tennessee.

Each ticket costs 5 euros / In order to book tickets please call on 210-9415222 (Social Services Department and Secretariat Office).

The whole show is coordinated by Pericles Mataragas.

For any further information concerning the event and the theater group, please contact Mrs. G. Roukoutaki (Member of the Theatrical Team and person in charge of all the cultural action of our association) at 6945373081.

A few words for the Theatrical Workshop of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece:

 This unique Workshop was founded in October 2007, in order to embrace the love of blind and visually impaired adults for art and specifically acting.

During the years this team has performed successfully many plays, parts of classical masterpieces, such as “The Miser” by Molière, “The Doctor in Spite of Himself”   by  Molière,   “Filumena Marturano”    by Eduardo De Filippo, “The Open Couple” by Dario Fo,     “ Fear and Misery of the Third Reich” by Bertolt Brecht and many others.               

The Theatrical Workshop has proved to be an excellent field for creative activities, social networking, personal expression and of course the enrichment of the cultural heritage. Its goal is to expand its actions by giving performances to many other cultural places - apart from the theatrical stage of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece-, so as to communicate its unique multiple offer and social impact. There have already been many qualitative performances given to stages, like Cacoyannis Foundation, Municipal Theater of Kallithea, Ephorate of Private Archaeological Collections in Plaka and so on.

 Workshops like the one presented are highly promising, not only towards the community of the blind and visually impaired ones, but also the society in general –so we all need to support its actions. Its uniqueness is the approach of the theatrical art through a total different approach, by other senses apart from sight, giving the opportunity for social inclusion to all members of our society, with marvelous artistic outcome!

We are waiting for you!

 


 

21/9/16


LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND OF GREECE

LIGHTHOUSE of culture “70 years of operation 1946-2016”

 

In the corps of the celebration of the 70th anniversary ever since its foundation, the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece is organizing the Cultural Festival of Traditional Dances, under the auspices of the Municipality of Kallithea,

At the Cyprus Squareon Thursday, September 29th, at 20:00 p.m.

 

The aim of suchactions is to present the local community with the cultural aspect of the Lighthouse’s function, along with its general and multiple offer to the blind community.

 

There will be many dancing as sociation groups, participating in the festival, honoring our as sociation, promoting this way the bonds between the visually impaired and the sighted ones and enhancing the cultural heritage, against stereotypes and distinctions.

 

It will be an honor to welcome all of you at thi scultural meeting and have the chance to communicate the Lighthouse’s offer through out the decades, as well as its vision for the future.

 Commencing time: 20:00 p.m.

Free admittion

Contact number: 210-9415222

 

 

10/9/16

14th Torch Relay of Blood Donors

We are informing you that that the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece , will participate in 14th Torch Blood Donors conducted on Tuesday afternoon September 20, 2016 and is organized by the Municipality of Kallithea , in cooperation with the National Federation of Blood Donors.

The purpose of the event is to inform and make citizens aware of the ideals of Blood Donation and Social Solidarity. The starting point on that day will be the park of blood donors at the intersection of streets Achilleos and Lambros  Katsonis and the termination the Cyprus Square with several intermediate stops.

 

 

 2nd Festival Kallithea, A city for bicycles

 

We are informing you that that the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece , will participate at the 2nd festival “Kallithea, a city for bicycles’’on Saturday September 24th 2016, which is organizing by the Municipality of Kallithea. Cyclists of all ages, residents of Kallithea and neighboring municipalities, having as a starting point the Commencing Sailing Marina of  Kallithea, will cover a 7 km distance at 17:30, as well as a distance of 17 km at 18:30.

 

 1/8/2016

 Development of skills and promotion to the labour market of blind and visually impaired people» Programme.

 

Τhe Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece is implementing the «Development of skills and promotion to the labour market of blind and visually impaired people» Programme for the period 2016-2017, which aims to young unemployed or even working people -with the need of enforcing their qualifications and dexterities- and of course newly-blinded people that need το be professionally (re)orientated.

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation is supporting the implementation of this Programme,  that aims to the creation of special educational and training programs, the interface with the labour market and the creation of new jobs-professions, given the need for establishing good practices for the gradual elimination of the professional and social exclusion phenomena.

 

 

Τraining and Certfication Centre for Computer Skills-Keycert

 

The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece is announcincg its forthcoming operation as a training and Certfication Centre for Computer Skills in collaboration with Keycert. 

The persons that are interested in attending the relevant courses from the following autumn and so on, are kindly requested to contact for enrolment the Department of Education and Interface with the labour market of our association -Mrs Kagkaraki & Mrs Μarioli  (210-9415222) from the 1st of September 2016.

 

 

28/03/2016


“These and many more…”

 

On 30 March 2016, at 19.30 p.m., the Lighthouse for The Blind of Greece is hostingat its facilities, (17, Athinas Street, Kallithea-ground floor) the unique play,.“ These and many more” that will be presented by the members of its Theatre Workshop.

Vangelis Mouroukos, takes over the  beginning and the end of the performance that satirizes the Greek reality. In the secuel, Gogo Roukoutakis with Vivi Christodoulou and Maria Kotrotsou, takes us back to time, with the one-act play of Tennessee Williams “Hello from Bertha”.

There follows a skit, called "A phone call is our life ", presented by Evi Aslanoglou, Maria Kotrotsou and Argiro Tentoma, underlining the time wasted by most of us on meaningless issues.

Vivi Christodoulou and Gkouvatsou Helen take us to America of '30s with  an one-act play of Tennessee Williams, called “The dark room”, causing mixed feelings, since it deals with the ignorance of immigrants and the general demanding matter of adjusting to the hosting country.

The show ends with Gogo Roukoutakis presenting the life of an old and sick folk music singer, memorizing the glories she has experienced as a young artist on stage. She will be accompanied by Vangelis Mouroukos, who will conclude the show with a poem of George Souris, to remind us that almost nothing has changed since 1886.

The whole show is coordinated by Pericles Mataragas

For reservations, please contact the Secretariat and the Social Services Department at 2109415222.

For any further information concerning the event and the theater group, please contact Mrs. G.Roukoutaki at 6945373081.

 

 Museum Herakleidon exhibition, entitled:

The most important inventions of the ancient Greeks

The Lighthouse for the blind announces the visit to the Herakleidon Museum's exhibition, entitled "The most important inventions of the ancient Greeks'”, which exhibits Kostas Kotsanas’ creations, from the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology operating in Katakolo and Ancient Olympia.

The exhibits were created after many years of thorough research and study of ancient Greek, Latin and Arabic literature, the angiographic information and minimum relative archaeological finds, it contains functional replicas of the most important inventions of the ancient Greeks, from the "robot-maid" of Philo and the hydraulic telegraph of Aeneas to the "cinema" of Heron, and from the automatic clock of Ctesibius and the astrolabe of Ptolemy to the analog from Antikythera.

For participation call daily to the Social Services department, tel. Contact: 2109415222. Maximum number of participants to 15 people, priority number will be held.

Departure time from the Lighthouse for the Blind at 11 a.m.

Free Entrance.

 

 3/12/2015

 

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

 Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17 December  10.00 a.m. – 18.30 p.m.

The Lighthouse for The Blind of Greece is hosting their annual Christmas Bazaar for 2015, at its facilities, 17, Athinas Steet, Kallithea-ground floor.

It is worth visiting us and choose your special Christmas gifts among unique crafts, made by the Ceramic Workshop, the Macrame Workshop & the Knitting Workshop of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece.

Your generosity is very much appreciated.

Free admittion

Contact Number: 210-9415222 / email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      

 

 

 20/11/2015


Visit to the Benaki Museum.

 

The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece organises a visit to the Benaki museum on Tuesday, December 15 at 11:00 am. People with visual impairments can participate in the workshop of the monthly Programme "Seeing with the Senses" for visitors with low vision or blind, entitled "BOTH SPEAKING AND BEING SILENT - DIONYSIOS SOLOMOS WITH AND WITHOUT WORDS". Weapons of besieged and besiegers, the handwritten score of the Hymn to Liberty, the letters of the mother of Solomos to him and his letters to her, sent while he was a student in Italy - are now kept in the Benaki Museum - the loud companions of the early years in Corfu, the loneliness that followed and the Woman of Zante, like the one made by the hand of Goya. Everything becomes a chance to see Solomos through his language and his life, but also through music or visual compositions.

If you wish to participate, please call the Social Services Department on (+30) 2109415222.

Maximum number of participants: 15 people. Priority will be kept.

Departure time from the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece at 10:00.

Free admission.

 

 

25/10/2015

 

Dialogue in the Dark

 

The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece organises a visit to the "Dialogue in the Dark" facilities in the Badminton Theatre. It is an innovative event, where the roles are reversed: drivers with visual impairments or completely blind guide a group of visitors on a walk in the urban environment, in total darkness.

The visit will take place on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 and it is exclusively for family members or relatives of people with visual impairments, in order to give them the experience of visual loss.

If you wish to participate, please call the Social Services Department.

Maximum number of participants: 11 people. Order of priority will be kept.

Meeting time 12:30, meeting point: Badminton theater, Olympic properties, Goudi.

Free entrance.