Association of Parents Guardians & Friends of People with Autism Larissa Prefecture – Greece

The association was founded in 1998 by a small group of parents with the undivided support of friends of fellow citizens and the contribution of the late Takis Dimitrakopoulos, with the aim of supporting people with autism in the region and their families.  Today, the activities of the association have a nationwide scope.

The aims of the Association

  • to inform and raise awareness of local authorities and the community on autism issues
  • to identify people with autism in the region in cooperation with the local authorities
  • organising conferences, information workshops and educational programmes
  • cooperation with experts in research on autism promotion
  • the creation of educational and living structures.

The Structures

The Association operates three facilities for people with autism, which are funded and supervised by the Ministry of Health – Mental Health Directorate. Some of the running costs are covered by donations from parents and individuals.

Freedom Boarding School: this is a home for twelve adults with severe to moderate autism and severe behavioural problems. It operates year-round on a 24-hour basis.

HARA I Day Centre: Section 1: a programme for adults with severe to moderate autism. Section 2: “Autonomous Community Participation – ASK” for high-functioning individuals.

HARA II Day Centre: Section 1: Early intervention morning programme for children aged 2.5 to 5 years. Section 2: Afternoon programme for children aged 5 to 10 years.  In both sections, support and education is provided to the family at home.

“Distance psychoeducation and family support service and home help for caregivers of people with autism“. The action is funded by the Ministry of Health and it is possible to contact them in person, by telephone or online.