The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece provides its beneficiaries with opportunities for creative employment, socialization and skills development.
The Ceramics and Sculpture Workshop “Petros Roukoutakis” was created in 1990 by the late Petros Roukoutakis, the only Greek blind sculptor, giving the unique chance to blind and visually impaired people, the newly-blinded and especially the visually impaired with other disabilities, to develop their touch and their dexterities.
Ceramics and sculpture is the only of the visual arts that can give to a blind person a cognitive experience, creative expression and development of the imagination to complete the personality. At the same time, it allows the development of skills of their most sensitive tool, their hand and through a totally creative and team experience it contributes to social bonding.
The creations of the participants are displayed for sale in the small shop in the Tactual Museum and in periodical exhibitions organized by the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece and other organisations.
There was a remarkable collaboration with the Benaki Museum in Pre-Columbian Art report Gontikas collection, as well as a cooperation and participation in the exhibition "Imprints" in the Vorre Museum and the Association of Social Responsibility for Children and Youth (SKEP), in a Water themed and a Nature themed exhibitions in 2009 and 2010 respectively. The involvement of children and young and visually impaired people was an unusual experience with very positive results.
The workshop is equipped with wheels, a kneader, a press and two ovens.
Αυτό το μοναδικό και πρωτοποριακό στο είδος του τμήμα, αφενός προάγει την ισότιμη πρόσβαση τυφλών και μερικώς βλεπόντων την θεατρική τέχνη και τον πολιτισμό εν γένει και αφετέρου αποτελεί πεδίο ψυχαγωγίας, δημιουργικής απασχόλησης, ενίσχυσης της προσωπικής έκφρασης και φυσικά κοινωνικής δικτύωσης μη βλεπόντων ατόμων.
Από το 2007, οπότε και ξεκίνησε την λειτουργία του, το τμήμα έχει πολλές και σπουδαίες παραστάσεις στο ενεργητικό του, με τους ερασιτέχνες ηθοποιούς να παρουσιάζουν με επιτυχία αποσπάσματα από κλασικά έργα όπως «Ο Φιλάργυρος» και «Γιατρός με το στανιό» του Μολιέρου, «Φιλουμένα Μαρτουράνο» του Εντουάρτο ντε Φίλιππο, ο μονόλογος «Γύρισα σπίτι» του Ντάριο Φο, «Τρόμος και Αθλιότητα του Γ’ Ράιχ» του Μπέρτολτ Μπρεχτ, τη «Φαύστα ή η Απολεσθείς κόρη» του Μποστ και άλλα πολλά.
Πρόβες και μαθήματα γίνονται σε σχετική αίθουσα του φορέα καθ’ όλη τη διάρκεια του έτους σε εβδομαδιαία βάση, με σκοπό την διοργάνωση δύο παραστάσεων ετησίως είτε εντός του Φάρου, είτε στο πλαίσιο συμμετοχής σε πολιτιστικές-καλλιτεχνικές διοργανώσεις.
Ο Φάρος Τυφλών της Ελλάδος, Αναγνωρισμένος Φορέας εκμάθησης της Γραφής Braille υλοποιεί εκπαιδευτικά σεμινάρια εκμάθησης της γραφής Braille, το οποίο απευθύνεται:
a) Visually impaired people who wish to learn the Braille system; these courses are offered totally free of charge, whereas the flow of the lessons and the rhythm of acquainting the Braille depends on/is adjusted to the participants’ abilities.
β) Στον ευρύτερο πληθυσμό (συνήθως εκπαιδευτικούς), που επιθυμούν να πιστοποιήσουν τη γνώση τους στη γραφή Braille. Σε αυτή την περίπτωση τα σεμινάρια καλύπτουν 50 ώρες μαθημάτων σε πρωινά ή απογευματινά τμήματα διάρκειας περίπου 3 μηνών, ενώ το κόστος ανέρχεται στα 260 ευρώ.
At the end of the courses and the issuance of a certificate of attendance and knowledge, participants have the opportunity to participate in the examinations of the Center for Training and Rehabilitation for the Blind (C.E.R.B.) in order to receive the relevant certification, which is recognized by the public sector.
For relevant Information you can approach Mrs Kordoni
Telephone: 0030 210 9415222
Fax: 210 9415271
The Lighthouse, pioneer in this field since 1990, has been constantly investing in the computer field due to the evolution of technology, in order to enable people with visual impairments to be relatively educated for improving their daily lives and access to any source of information, strengthening their skills and claiming working positions in the labor market.
There are 3 classes for the implementation of the courses, renovated and fully equipped and the departments are configured according to the level of pre-existing knowledge.
Furthermore, in the context of the need to ensure equal training and certification opportunities in New Technologies, our association has been certified as a Knowledge Certification & Computer Examination Center for blind or visually impaired people.
The association, in the context of its operation as a field of informal learning, also operates Foreign Language Departments for the visually impaired ones, to provide relevant knowledge both as a communication tool and as an additional qualification for practicing their professions.
This department, was created in 2010, as a field of creative occupation, enhancing the sense of touch and social networking for its participants.
The workshop for macramé was created in 2001. The participation in this group contributes to the development of sense of touch and the social skills of the participants.
The unique handmade creations of both workshops are displayed at a special section (small shop) of the Tactual Museum, at the e-shop and Bazaars organized by the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece.
The Traditional Dances Courses of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece, one of its kind in the country and one of the few in the world, is a great cradle of culture, offering the chance to the blind participants for training in local dances from all over Greece and at the same time social interaction, strengthening the spatial perception and improving mobility.
It consists of young and older dancers with vision problems and since 2013 it has developed an enriched activity through the organization and participation in events throughout Greece, in collaboration with other cultural-dance clubs for the visually impaired and the disabled, as innovative and creative partnerships that simultaneously raise awareness of the wider community.
Indicatively, there have been collaborations with the Greek National Opera, the Lyceum Club of Greek Women, the College of Athens, various Municipalities and various cultural associations, with the "Dryades on Board" in Karditsa and so on.
This is a relatively newly created Department of a highly creative and artistic character, which offers the visually impaired participants the unique chance of engaging with this type of dance.
The meetings take place throughout the year and the participants are trained and prepared for presentations, either at cultural events taking place in the Lighthouse’s premises or in terms of their participations in dance festivals –interacting this way with sighted dancers too.
This group has already been awarded in dance competitions, such as the 8th Mediterranean Open Dance Cup (the Bachata and Duo Latin teams won the first prize in their category).
This relatively new department, gradually preferred by even more people, offers the participants the opportunity to train and practice in this purely spiritual game and thus sharpen their mind and creatively interact with others.