Facilities for the Disabled and Special Needs Support

Find out about facilities and organisations for people with disabilities or special learning needs in Belgium...

Overall facilities for people with disabilties are of a good standard but there is some regional variation.There are a number of bodies (state funded and voluntary) working towards improving conditions for people with disabilities at school, at work and in society generally. Some have English-speaking staff or volunteers but government agencies typically work in the language of the region. The four principal bodies charged with looking after disability issues are listed below.

Brussels area:

  • Service Bruxellois Francophone des Personnes Handicapées (SBFPH)
    At: Rue des palais 42a, 1030 Brussels
    Tel: 02 800 80 00

Walloon region:

Flanders/Flemish community:

German community:

National and Regional Organisations

  • The Community Help Service (CHS) offers a 24-hour crisis and information service plus a team of English-speaking counsellors who offer advice and help on a range of problems including learning and behavioural difficulties.
    Tel: 02 648 40 14
  • In the Brussels area parents can call Brussels Support for the Handicapped (BRUSH) for advice in English.
    Tel: 02 660 32 25
  • ASChild is an association located in the Antwerp area providing English-language help for parents of children with learning difficulties
    Tel: 03 568 80 56
  • Europe's Children Our Concern (ECOC) is a voluntary organisation which helps children and young people with learning difficulties living in Europe, primarily active in Brussels
  • Dyslexia International
  • Oeuvre Nationale des Aveugles (ONA) is the association for the blind and visually impaired (in French)
  • Agence Wallonne pour I'Integration des Personnes Handicapées (AWIPH) (in French) helps disabled people in the Wallonia area
  • ReCI Bruxelles is an organisation helping those with physical disabilities in the Brussels area (in French)
  • APEPA – Association for parents of autistic children (in French)
  • Handisport/Ligue Handisport Francophone (in French) - Association promoting sport for the disabled
    Tel: 07 148 99 90
  • Horizon 2000 - Information and education service promoting the integration of disabled people in Belgium
    Tel: 07 131 27 19
  • Ligue Braille - Help for the blind and visually impaired
    Tel: 02 533 32 11
  • Altéo (website in French) - An organisation for the integration of disabled people in Belgian society. Amongst other things the group organises workshops, sports activities and sports holidays 
    Tel: 02 501 58 16 

Other associations

Calibre Audio Books: UK charity Calibre supplies audio books in English on cassette or disk to visually impaired and disabled people. The free service is available to members (registration can be made via the website). Free postal service is available to anywhere in Europe.

Further information