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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Los Olivos Open Doors bring in many visitors

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The open day was held to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Over 300 people visited the Los Olivos Centre for the Disabled in Adeje during the ‘open door’ day marking International Day for Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd.

During the busy morning visitors were able to view first-hand the facilties available at the cnetre which cares for 181 people and enjoy the different events performed by local associations and groups based in Adeje. The councillor responsible for special needs persons, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, said, “opening the doors to the public in general is a way of showing the local community the kind of municipal resources available as well as helping break down barriers that may exist for those people with special needs. We firmly believe in working towards the incorporation of these people into society as a norm, and that they will actively participate too. For that reason we are working on a number of different projects with social integration as the primary aim for all ages”.

Among the groups who took part in the open day were the Dzamling Gar community who performed a number of Tibetan dances, and the Globalterapia association who gave a demonstration of canane therapy. The ‘Huerto Ocupacional El Viso de Arico’ gave a demonstration of adapted ‘palo’, a traditional guanche sport, and Ademi Tenerife wowed those present with an exhibition of wheelchair basketball. There were also information stands for the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC) and the Tenerife Mental Health Association (ATELSAM).
The Adeje Centre for Persons with Disability

The Adeje Centre for Persons with Disability in Los Olivos opened its doors in 2005 co-financed by the council and the Fundación CajaCanarias. Among its primary aims are to encourage personal autonomy through education and work services. At the same time the council has spear-headed actions to develop policies of integration through education and work paying special attention to the rights and liberties due to persons with disabilities and working to improve the quality of thier lives and that of their families.

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