Fun without frontiers

Students from Adeje’s diversity centre visit the new ‘park for all’

Students from the Adeje centre for individuals with functionality diversity paid a visit to the new ‘park for all’, the inclusive playground opened last month in Las Torres. This is now the biggest park of its kind in the borough.

The playground has been furnished with equipment that can be used by every child, regardless of mobility needs or diversity, with no physical barriers to enjoy the park’s installations. All the equipment is at ground level so children in wheelchairs are able to use them too.

Among the new equipment are a basket swing, an active wall, a truck passage, a train, a multi-coloured little house, and a swing adapted for wheelchair users, exclusively for children with mobility challenges. The park is designed to encourage healthy play, safety, and group socialisation as well as sensory stimulation, improve motor skills and sharpen auditory sensitivity for those with hearing difficulties.

Alongside the playground there is a picnic area for families to relax and have a snack, and sit together and enjoy the area as a community space. The tables are close to trees and with a perfect view of the playground which has fences and soft-fall surface material.

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Music as a life learning tool

Adeje council’s music therapy project for special needs persons

The Adeje Council has presented a music therapy project, ‘Timba’, for special needs individuals. With the municipal School of Music and the Los Olivos centre for functional diversity, under councillors Carmen Rosa González Cabrera and Carmen Lucía Rodríguez respectively, the programme will b open to anyone in Adeje who is special needs, with the main aim being to bring music to the whole population. “This is a programme to use music as physical, psychological and social tool in improving the lives of individuals”, said Carmen Rosa González.

“Music as therapy is not just an idealistic notion in the search for ‘curative power”, said Carmen Lucia Rodríguez. “The therapeutic effects of music are the results of professional methods that are properly applied”.

Those interested in signing up for classes can do so through the Adeje School of Music, with classes in the mornings and afternoons on offer. It is thought the morning hours would suit adults with some form of special needs and the afternoon sessions might be better suited to people with functional diversity who are attending regular educational centres in the mornings.

Among the aims will be the “improvement of communication through music, listening, dancing or playing, transmitting feelings and ideas, improving interpersonal relationships and self-awareness, explained Carmen Lucia Rodríguez. The teachers will focus on multi-sensory stimulation, self-expression, helping to develop intellectual capacity, improve cognitive abilities and psychomotor functions such as spatial perception, motor skills and co-ordination.

The project has already completed a pilot phase in the Los Olivos centre with a high level of satisfaction reported from students and teachers. “Now we want to take it a step further and open the programme to everyone so we need the School of Music to come on board, as here we have the installation and the teaching staff who are able to become involved in the project”, said the councillor.

Carmen Rosa González added that “attention to those with special needs if part of the protocol of the School of Music. Currently we have a dozen students who have some form of disability and we are interested in opening the school’s doors to many more people in particular to what is, in some ways, a ‘vulnerable’ section of our society. The school is 100% behind the project”:








Theatre marking the special differences

The Adeje Cultural Centre will host the 11th theatrical event for people with diverse needs on Thurday June 11th, with the participation of members of the Guía de Isora occupational centre, the Candelaria Arcoiris centre, Orobal, based in Los Cristianos, and the Los Olivos functional diversity centre. Entrance is free and the shows begin at 6pm.

“This is the only event of its kind in the islands and is a firm fixture in the Adeje cultural calendar, very popular with the public,” commented a council representative, adding that they were hoping for a full house again this year.

The users of the participating centres have played a very active role in choosing the show/play they will present, casting and presentation.

The Los Olivos centre has 119 users as well as working with 65 more individuals outside the centre. The centre works with people in the fields of education, integration, preparing many socially, helping them enter the labour market, strengthening their personal autonomy and independence and their ability to develop as individuals and improve their quality of life and that of their families.

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Theatre as a learning tool


The Adeje theatre in the Cultural Centre wiill host the 10th edition of the Theatre event for Special Needs individuals: “Arcoíris” from Candelaria, “Rosas del Guanche from Arona, “Los Olivos” from Afromje, the “Asociación Orobal” from Los Cristianos, and the people from the Pisada Project (Los Olivos) on Friday June 6th. Entry is free and performances begin at 6pm.

“This is an event unique to Adeje in the Canaries and is something that the people of Adeje now look forward to every year, with the theatre full for each performance”, said the councillor for equality politics Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro. She added, “the event allows us use the theatre as a learning and growth tool as well as valuing the creative side of the members of each centre who have been enthusiastically preparing their shows down to the last detail”.

She said that the high attendance each year was also a motivation for the performers, allowing individuals with diverse functional challenges to develop in line with their artistic leanings. And it is the users of each of the centres who decide which work to adapt and who to cast in each show, working in the direction and production of the staging as well.

In Adeje, 119 persons with special needs use the Los Olivos centre daily, with a further 65 making use of the facilities. The centre works to help individuals in the fields of education, work, social and independent development, to promote autonomy and help people take an active part in the economic, political, cultural and social life of their community. Work training and job placement is also offered, all part of promoting the rights and liberties of those with special needs and working towards a guarantee of a better quality of life for them and their families.

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Special Theatre for Special People

adeje-ENCUENTRO DE TEATRO DE PERSONAS CON DISCAPACIDAD (5)Adeje hosts VII Theatre Meeting for people with special needs

The Adeje Cultural Centre Auditorium is hosting the seventh Theatre Meeting for special needs individuals on Thursday June 12th. The event is organised by the Adeje department for special needs care under councillor Carmen Rosa González Cabrera. More than fifty people from the Occupational Therapy Centres of Guía de Isora, Candelaria, Arona and Adeje will attend the event.

The councillor said, “it is an honour for us to be hosting this event for the seventh time, an event which is staged to emphasise the value of the creative and expressive work of the users of these centres”:

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera added that “in previous years we have seen an excellent level of participation and we see merit in continuing with the event because it is a manifestation of the relevance placed on the expressive and creative process which persons with different abilities can achieve. The event allows them to project their artistic endeavours, and chose which theatrical work and character they wish to interpret within that framework”.


The event begins at 6pm with participants from the following associations and centres – Orobal in Los Cristianos; Rosas del Guache in Arona; Arcoíris in Candelaria; Guía de Isora and the Los Olivos Occupational Centre in Adeje.

This is a pioneering initiative in the Canary Islands, and has been very well received by the Adeje public, who fill the theatre in the Adeje Cultural Centre every year. In this way too the public have shown their appreciation of the creative and interpretive work achieved by those who attend the occupational centres as well as that of the collectives working with them. Entry is free.


Real Jobs For Real People

Council and Alas team members meet with potential employeers

Council and Alas team members meet with potential employeers

At the launch of the Adeje council’s ‘Alas’ (Wings) programme the talk was about the creation of real jobs for people with special needs, jobs that were more than a token nod in the direction of this sector of society.
‘Alas’ is being developed by the Adeje departments of social welfare and disability and the team at the Adeje Occupational Centre whose main function is to develop participation by their users (those people with special needs) in significant activities and contribute to new levels of personal development. This in turn will lead to a reinforcement of their independence and an improvement in their quality of lfe. The centre cares for people between the ages of 21 and 65 who attend on a daily basis, and provides rehabilitation services and occupational workshops and offers the other family members of the special needs person a break, often much needed.
‘Alas’ is a series of actions based on orientation and individual attention in a work place, with professional qualified trainers, whose aim is to facilitate the social and professional integration of the special needs person into a work place, with equality of treament in that workplace. The programme aims to change the perspective of the special needs person and move them from the occupational centre into an open work environment according to their wishes, needs and abilities.
The programme is designed to work with cerebral palsy sufferers, those with intellectual needs with a recognised disability level of 33 % or more and persons with physical needs or sensory disabilities of 65 % or more. According to the organisers there are already 20 persons in training with a number almost ready to begin their new careers.
The ‘Alas’ programme seeks to ensure that the new employee is integrated into the workplace, and each individual receives training for specific work placements as well as while on the job – in other words the idea is to move away from across-the-board repetitive work practises and allow the special needs person develop skills for a specific job. Families are also involved in the programme and the development of each individual person’s employment prospects as are the companies that are hiring. And once in place there will be ongoing assesment.
During December members of the Alas programme and the council, through the relevant department headed up by Carmen Rosa González Cabrera have meetings with potential employees, based in Adeje, and believe that soon up to 20 % of those using the Occupational Centre will be eligible to enter the job market, with up to 60 % of those in Functional Rehabilitation also moving towards full integration. For business who take part in the programme they will be eligible for financial benefits reduction in taxes depending on the kind of contract they can offer the special needs person. Very much a win-win situation for all involved.

Adeje marks International Day for People with Disabilities

Councillor Carmen Rosa Gonzalez  Cabrera

Councillor Carmen Rosa Gonzalez Cabrera

Adeje council under the direction of the councillor for people with special needs, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, has designed a programme of activities to mark International Day for People with Disabilities, tomorrow, December 3rd.
The events, which include an audio visual presentation of the services in the borough will take place in the Los Olivos Occupational Centre. Councillor Carmen Rosa said the council was dedicated to supplying the resources required by those who face special needs challenges. “We feel lucky that we have this opportunity to mark this celebration as it will allow us show what is new in the Los Olivos centre, and hightlight the services that are provided to improve the quality of the lives of those who use the centre on a regular basis.

The councillor added that as well as the full support of all the council departments, they were also able to call upon the support of private businesses and associations who often helped out in supplying material, necessary to ensure that the centre operates to its maximum potential in helping users.
Among the new services are early stimulation therapy for very young babies with orientation courses for new parents with special needs children. Cognitave stimulation courses for adults have also been introduced to strenghten the capabilities and attitudes of participants.

Events begin tomorrow at 6pm with a commemorative act in the Centre’s auditorio.