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General compulsory education applies also to children and young people with visual and hearing impairments, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, mental retardation, speech disorders, and behavioural disorders. Special types of schooling are provided to children and young people who cannot meet the usual school standards or who need special educational programs to do so.
For information on special needs education contact:
ASK is a Geneva-based network for families with special needs children. It can provide information relating to special needs issues in the region and assistance to newcomers. Monthly support meetings are organised and thematic workshops for parenting a special needs child. The group focuses on helping anglophone families but can also help families of other nationalities.
Association Suisse Romande de Parents d'Enfants Avec Déficit d'Attention et/ou Hyperactivité (ASPEDAH) is an association which provides information and support to parents of children with hyperactivity or attention deficit disorder. It can help to find appropriate therapies and treatments.
A Swiss association for parents of autistic children.
Autism Suisse (in French, German and Italian)
At: 91 rue de Lausanne, 1700 Fribourg
Tel: +41 (0)26 321 36 11
Support and activity group for parents of autistic children. The association can provide advice on resources that are available for children with autism.
Fondation le Cube de Verre (in French)
At: 1 rue de la Gare, 1197 Prangins
Tel: +41 (0)22 367 26 24
Association of parents and friends of the mentally disabled. (Websites in French only).
The aim of this association is to promote the insertion of the physically and mentally disabled, they can provide voluntary helpers for disabled children.
Association for schooling and special needs education working with over 30 different schools in Geneva and Vaud.
Centre providing help and advice to adolescents and children suffering from psychological and behavioural problems as well as speech impediments.
Service Médico Pédagogique
At: 16-18 bd St Georges, 1205 Geneva
Tel: +41 (0)22 327 43 91
Handisport offer a variety of sports to the disabled and children are welcome in all activities. Sports available include: basketball, swimming, skiing, waterskiing, tennis, sailing, archery, horse riding and table tennis
Handisport Genève (in French)
At: 54 rue du Village, 1214 Vernier
Tel: +41 (0)21 341 43 00
Private school for children with autism, providing kindergarten, primary and secondary schooling in English and French.
Half-day programme for children with diagnosed learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders. Classes are in English.