Specialization in new technologies for the visually impaired
Dimitris Ampatzis was born with a partial loss of vision on 23/05/1976 in Athens. In 1994 he graduated from the 4th Lyceum of Ilion and continued his music studies (previously started in 1986 at the Municipal Conservatory of Ilion) at the Skalkota Conservatory, which he interrupted in 2001. In 1996, he attended a two-year programming seminar at the Center for Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind.
In 1995, having lost his sight three years ago, he joined the Athletic Football Association of the Blind and very quickly secured his place in the national football team of our country. A silver medal at the 1997 European Championships, two bronze medals at the respective events of 1997 and 1999, a world fourth place in 2002 and a fourth place in the Athens Paralympics, are his most important distinctions with the Greek team which led for many years. He stopped his football career in 2007, as professional obligations began to overwhelm him.
From 2001 to 2004 he worked as a computer technician and in 2005 he claimed and received as a Paralympian an agency license from OPAP (Greek Organisation of Football Prognostics S.A.). Similarly, from 2007 to 2018 he was also appointed to a permanent position in the Municipality of Ilion. At the same time, music was never left out. All these years he participated from time to time in various musical groups, either professionally or voluntarily.
His technological concerns led him to found the Association of Technological Development of the Blind with a group of friends in 1999. The Association, through exclusively private resources, soon managed to either patent or translate in Greek applications and devices for the visually impaired.
Football stopped, but somehow, Dimitris always wanted to have direct contact with sports. Thus, from 2007 to 2012, he was involved in public relations and the establishment of the men’s section of the Youth Center of Ilion, while since 2015 he has been the general manager of Aris Ilion Sports Club. In 2013 he was elected as a confederate in the Federation of Professional Agents (POEPPP), a position in which he was re-elected in 2015 and left in 2017.
He was awarded many honorary distinctions for his contribution as an athlete, with the most important being the ones received by the Hellenic Parliament, the President of Greece, the Municipality of Athens, the Municipality of Thessaloniki and the Greek Paralympic Committee. In 2013, the Municipality of Ilion comes to seal its effort off the field, honoring him for his contribution to the sports clubs of the area.
In 2014, he married Aikaterini Kouleli with whom they have two children, Melina and Orestis.