Special needs schooling in Switzerland

Special needs schooling in Switzerland

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A guide to special needs education in Switzerland, including the legal and financial needs of those with disabilities in Switzerland.

Special needs education in Switzerland implies that general compulsory education applies also to children and youngsters with visual or hearing impairments, physical and learning disabilities, mental retardation, and speech and behavioural disorders.

In Switzerland, the cantons are responsible for special needs education. There are about 100 centres for early childhood special education. Associations and foundations, as well as municipal and cantonal authorities sponsor these centres.

The special needs schooling consists of the following:

  • Special needs schools subsidised by invalidity insurance
  • Special needs classes closely linked to the regular school. These are only available in some cantons
  • Outpatient help, guidance and therapy counselling

 

The first type of education is applicable to youths with mental impairments, physical disabilities, behaviour disorders, deafness, and visual impairments. The schooling is subsidised by invalidity insurance.

The second type of special needs education provides introductory classes for compulsory education, classes with a limited number of students in primary education, transition courses, or classes offering learning of manual activities. These special courses and schools are not available in all the Swiss cantons.

Finally, outpatient help and therapy counselling includes specialised teaching support, speech therapy, treatment of dyslexia, therapeutic exercise and physiological counselling.


Legal requirements

Legal regulations for the education of the disabled are contained in cantonal education and school laws. The Federal Law on Overcoming the Inequalities affecting Handicapped People (LHand) guarantees equality of rights. It was first enforced in January 2004.


Financing

Special needs schooling is mostly financed by the cantons and invalidity insurance. The latter can be claimed where there are physical or mental injuries to health caused by birth, illness, or accident.

For further information on special needs education in Switzerland, consult the following:

  • Swiss Institute for Special Education (Lausanne)  +41 (0)21 653 68 77
  • Service Médico Pédagogique (Geneva)   +41 (0)22 327 43 91




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1 Comment To This Article

  • Khatanhar posted:

    on 5th May 2014, 10:16:22 - Reply

    I am an Indian national living in the UAE and have a child with quadreplegic cerebral palsy. Will it be possible for us to migrate to Switzerland and will he be entitled to attend a special needs school?