Hellenic Associaton for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus


The Hellenic Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus (H.A.S.B.HY.) is supported by the specialised Medical Children’s Service personnel of the A.P.P.A.C.

The H.A.S.B.HY. is a scientific medical organisation that was created in 1989 in order to help and inform children and adults with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus, their families and friends, so that they overcome their difficulties and lead an independent, satisfactory and pleasant life.
Apart from offering direct services, the H.A.S.B.HY. aims to promote equal handling for all and to help people with SB in overcoming difficulties in different sectors of life such as education, professional employment and accommodation. Thus along with other relevant organisations, it promotes, educates and informs society not only for the difficulties people with special needs face, but also about their potential.

Emphasis is given to:

  • Visitation and home treatment
  • Respecting school schedules so that individuals are not isolated from their social environment
  • Education of parents (making them co-aids of the therapeutic process) Minimisation of administrative bureaucracy
  • Speedy first appointment, consultation and reporting from the team of experts, informing parents in a precise and timely manner about the therapeutic process
  • Briefing of special institutions in Greece and Abroad about existing treatments.

Other Information

Based in Athens, Greece, the Association of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults & Children (A.P.P.A.C.) was founded in 1986 and it is one of the first certified scientific associations in Greece. The A.P.P.A.C. is a member of the Medical Association of Athens (IEA) and it involves a wide range of communication among psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and special therapists across the country.

The A.P.P.A.C. mainly offers individual as well as group psychotherapy for adults, children, couples and families. The A.P.P.A.C. also provides psychological assessments, including neuropsychological, psycho-educational and psycho-diagnostics.
With the collaboration of specialised psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, special educators, speech- therapists, physiotherapists and doctors of almost all fields, the main aim of the A.P.P.A.C. is to provide psychological services of the highest standards in Mental Health Care to its clients. Further to that, the A.P.P.A.C. actively promotes education on psychological issues with the aim to raise M.H. awareness in Greece and embraces scientific research in order to raise the standards in the fields of diagnosis and therapeutic intervention.

For almost 25 years now, the A.P.P.A.C. supports its educational purpose by organising seminars, symposia and conferences (national and international). During the last years, the International Congresses of the A.P.P.A.C. became established annual meeting points, where participants have the opportunity to get in touch with the latest knowledge and exchange ideas with worldwide distinguished experts from different scientific areas, in a true multidisciplinary approach.