E.G.N.Y.A. is a special charity that provides care and support to people with intellectual disabilities.

Profile - EΓNYA

Profile E.G.N.Y.A.

A Progressive Voice for the Protection and Empowerment of People with Intellectual Disabilities

E.G.N.Y.A. is an N.P.I.D. specially recognized as a Charitable Association and a certified Non-Profit Social Care Service Provider. It is supervised by the Ministry of Social Cohesion and Family and the Regional Unit of Eastern Attica. It is governed by a five-member elected Board of Directors, consisting of our members, parents and advocates.

Our History

It was founded in 1973, when a group of parents with a common vision came together to form the Association of Parents of Mentally Retarded People. The common goal of the parents was to create a Home for their children when they themselves would no longer be able to support them. Their vision was to ensure quality living for their children in a warm environment similar to that of a family. The creation of a HOME where people with intellectual disabilities could live as equal and active members of society, receiving appropriate support for their development and empowerment.



In 1973 the E.G.N.Y.A. founded the "CENTER FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION" in Kifissia for the care, education and employment of people with mental disabilities.


In 1980, he inaugurated the "HOME FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC EDUCATION" in Nea Erythraea, where the above activities were transferred, but mainly he operated the first boarding house for people with mental disabilities in Attica.


In 1986 the E.G.N.Y.A. founded the SOCIAL CARE CENTRE for people with mental disabilities "THE STEGI" in Kiteza, Lagonisi, Attica, on an area of 25 acres and began construction with funding of 55% from the EEC and 45% from the State. The project was completed in 1995.


In 1998, the "STAGE OF SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC EDUCATION" was relocated to this Centre. In the "STEGI", the E.G.N.Y.A. provides care, employs in various workshops, houses and cares for the psychosomatic health of people with mental disabilities and supports their families.

Our mission

The aim of E.G.N.Y.A. is the empowerment of the persons served, so that they live with quality of life and participate in every aspect of life as active members of society. Acceptance, respect and development of the personality of individuals are basic principles of E.G.N.Y.A.

Our mission - EΓNYA


E.G.N.Y.A. began its activities in Kifissia with the establishment of the "Centre for Special Education" which operated with the aim of supporting, educating and employing people with intellectual disabilities. A few years later, in 1980, the Centre was relocated to Nea Erythraia and at the same time the first boarding house in Attica for people with intellectual disabilities was opened under the name "Special Therapeutic Education House".

From 1998 until today the "STEGI" of the E.G.N.Y.A. is located in Lagonisi, Attica. It serves 72 adults with intellectual disabilities and operates a Day Care Center, Assisted Living Homes and a Boarding House in a 25-acre facility. The "HOUSE" is a home full of love, where each individual is a member of our own extended family. Each one lays his/her own stone and takes an active role in everyday life.

Services - Spaces

Our spaces showcase the love and care that distinguishes every action we take. From the educational workshops to the living roofs, from the multipurpose room to the gym and physical therapy room, each space is designed to provide safety, comfort and opportunities for growth.

Here, we meet the needs and enhance the potential of each individual as we foster a community of love and solidarity. Welcome to a world that inspires, empowers and cares.

Supported Living

E.G.N.Y.A. provides assisted living to people with intellectual disabilities, creating a safe and welcoming environment where the autonomy and comfort of those concerned is a high priority.

Special Education

Through specialised education programmes, E.G.N.Y.A. offers the opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities to develop their skills and integrate into society.

Training & Employment

Through specialised training programmes and employment opportunities, E.G.N.Y.A. promotes the integration of people with intellectual disabilities into the work environment.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy provides beneficiaries with the opportunity to develop skills and enhance their autonomy through activities that focus on functionality and self-confidence.

Social Service

The social service offers support and advice to people with intellectual disabilities and their families, promoting social inclusion and autonomy.

Psychological Support & Counselling

Psychological services provide the necessary psychological support and counselling to individuals and families facing challenges due to intellectual disability.

Nursing Care

Nursing care provides the necessary care and attention to those who need it, ensuring the health and well-being of people with intellectual disabilities.

Medical Monitoring

E.G.N.Y.A. provides medical monitoring and care, ensuring appropriate medical care and management of the medical needs of people with intellectual disabilities.





for education and employment


in rooms of two persons

Multipurpose room

spacious and bright, used as a restaurant as well as for celebrations and gatherings


modernly equipped


gymnastics and outdoor areas for gymnastics, sports and athletics

Physiotherapy centre

suitably equipped for the mentally disabled people of "STEGI", who are in need


Board of Directors, Director, Special Scientific Committee, Clinics, Accounting, Secretariat


with a variety of aids




Vice President


Secretary General








Medical Officer/Assistant Medical Officer


Social Service




Our offers for a better life

At E.G.N.Y.A., we are committed to providing comprehensive services that improve the quality of life of all the people who trust us. We undertake:

Semi-Autonomous Living in "STEGI" Lagoni

We offer a safe and welcoming environment for up to 60 people with intellectual disabilities

Training and Employment

We provide training in a variety of skills and employment opportunities for those who cannot be trained

Support and Counselling

We provide counseling support to people with intellectual disabilities, parents and families in the area of East Attica

Temporary Accommodation

We offer temporary semi-independent living in case of illness or parental leave to persons with intellectual disabilities

Innovative Programmes

We undertake innovative and research projects for the benefit of people with intellectual disabilities

With love and dedication, we are creating a shared future full of opportunity and hope for all.

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1) The Action concerns the continuation of the support of the operation of the structures by the KDEFs/other Centres, which were funded during the 2014-2020 programming period under the "ATTIKI" 2014-202 programme, until 31/12/2025.

By including the Facility in the FP 2021-2027, the EYNYA ensures the following:

A) The provision of day care and accommodation services to persons with disabilities, as follows:

(i) needs assessment, development and implementation of an individualised education, care and rehabilitation plan, including early intervention services,

(ii) training in social and life skills, with particular reference to applications of

modern technology, supported decision-making and sex education and health programmes, and preparation for independent or assisted living,

(iii) development and promotion of professional/employment skills, including professional

guidance and pre-vocational training,

(iv) promotion in employment and labour integration, using appropriate methods and tools,

(v) supportive and therapeutic interventions at individual and group level,

vi) preparing meals and catering for the beneficiaries,

(vii) recreational, cultural and sporting activities,

(viii) training, support and counselling programmes for families and/or carers,

(ix) community awareness and education programmes on issues relating to disability, disability

combating prejudices and adopting modern concepts of it,

x) training and education programmes for staff and volunteers,

(xi) recording and continuous evaluation of activities,

xii) transportation of beneficiaries to and from the Facility

The above services are provided for at least 4 and no more than 8 hours per beneficiary per day, during working days, including the transport of the beneficiaries to and from the Facility.

B) The implementation of networking and cooperation actions with social institutions/providers of social services such as Community Centres, and other structures providing similar services and the local community in general (e.g. municipalities, sports, cultural or other types of associations, educational community, etc.), aiming at the interconnection of the structure with the local community, the integration of beneficiaries in it and consequently the strengthening of social cohesion at local level.