Implementing a Judo training programme for children with intellectual and autistic disorders, supported by athletes, members and graduates of KETHEA PROMETHEUS

The programme “I learn to fall, get up and stand my ground” was designed and implemented; it is an inclusive activity of Judo training for children with intellectual and autism spectrum disorders, supported by members and graduates of the KETHEA PROMETHEUS and under the guidance of special education professionals and Judo instructors. Judo training has significant cognitive and psychosocial benefits for children; most notably the transformation of mental to motor representation, problem solving, decisionmaking, the development of a sense of security and the reinforcement of self-confidence. The activity was completed with the design of relevant specialised educational material, based on the principles of universal design for learning, and its publication and dissemination to facilities and Day Care Centres for People with Disabilities as well as Judo clubs throughout Greece.


“Greatness! Silent excitement at JUDO's training area when, in front of the surprised eyes of teachers and parents, children with mental and autistic disorders, in white uniforms, exercise, respecting the rules of the sport, stand on their feet and claim their autonomy. With them, the members of KETHEA PROMETHEAS, with consistency and soul, support the effort of all and share anxieties and emotions. The benefactors benefit, those who teach are taught! We experience the greatness of universal design while the educational material we design reaches all all the Dojos of the world! The "Points of Support" Programme paves the way of social inclusion for all through Judo! How much benevolence! Rei! Hajime!”

Dr. Andromachi Nanou

Chairwoman, INCLUDE


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