The Day Center for Children and Adolescents with Autism of Messinia, as well as the Association of Parents, Guardians & Friends of People with Autism of Messinia, are poorer as of today, since Stergios Notas passed away.
Stergios Notas was a clinical psychologist and one of the pioneers of the above two institutions, with the people of the Center characterizing him as their “father”.
The following are the publications made by the Center’s page, as well as the president of the Association of Parents, Guardians & Friends of Autistic Persons of Messinia, Kostas Saravelakis:
Messinia Day Center for Children and Adolescents with Autism:
“It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to one of our own… The “father” of the Day Center and the Association who, since its foundation in 2007, has always been there for those who needed his advice and help, with a huge offer to individuals and families people with autism. We will always remember him and seek his support…”.
“There are some phone calls you receive that shock you and make you think (if only for a moment) how futile the daily struggle of our ephemeral lives is.
Such was the phone call I received today, from my friend Eri from Larissa. We say goodbye to Stergios Nota, a great person and friend, who left us!
Stergios has been the guide and the cornerstone for the creation of our organization since 2007, and the supervisor of the operation of the Day Center for Children and Adolescents with Autism of Messinia, since its establishment in 2009 and for many years. After all, as he himself said, he considered it “his child”.
He was always by our side in any issue that concerned us, either at the institution level or at the individual level, trying to provide the best solution for each of us.
Unfortunately, he left us, on duty, as a clinical psychologist and scientific manager of the ETHMA (Special Therapeutic Unit for Autistic Children) of G.N. Children’s University of Athens and Aglaia Kyriakou”, only a few months before his retirement.
Let the soil that will cover him be light, and all of us who were lucky enough to know him, will remember him with nostalgia!”