Special Needs Education in Geneva
Information on the provision of schooling for physically and mentally disabled children in the Geneva area, including those with autism, ADD and other disorders...
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:
- Service Médico Pédagogique
At: Rue David Dufour 1, 1205 Genèva
Tel: +41 (0)22 388 6700
- Service de l'enseignement specialisé et de l'appui à la formation
At: Rue Cité-Devant 11, 1014 Lausanne
Tel: +41 (0)21 316 54 01
- Service de l'enseignement obligatoire
At: 67 rue de l'Ecluse, 2000 Neuchatel
Tel: +41 (0)32 889 69 20
ASK – All Special Kids
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.
- ASPEDAH (in French)
At: 18 rue du Nugnon, 1005 Lausanne
Tel: 078 206 0020
A Swiss association for parents of autistic children.
Fondation le Cube de Verre
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: Route des Sendys 4, 1273 Arzier
Tel: +41 (0)22 367 26 24
Association of parents and friends of the mentally disabled. (Websites in French only).
- Insieme Genève
At: 7 rue de la Gabelle, 1227 Carouge
Tel: +41 (0)22 343 17 20
- Insieme Vaud
At: 26 chemin de Malley, 1007 Lausanne
Tel: +41 (0)21 341 04 20
- Insieme Neuchâtel
At: Aarbergergasse 33, Postfach, 3001 Bern
Tel: +41 (0)31 300 5020
Association Genevoise d'Insertion Sociale
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 Genevoise d'Insertion Sociale (in French)
At: 33 rue Eugène Marziano, 1227 Les Acacias
Tel: +41 (0)22 308 98 10
Fondation de Vernand
Association for schooling and special needs education working with over 30 different schools in Geneva and Vaud.
Service Médico Pédagogique
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: Route du Grand-Lancy 6, 1227 Les Acacias
FEDEA (Fondation pour l'Education des Enfants Autistes) School
Private school for children with autism, providing kindergarten, primary and secondary schooling in English and French.
Oak Hill School
Half-day programme for children with diagnosed learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders. Classes are in English.
- Swiss Education website
- Swiss Institute for Special Education
- Federal Invalidity Insurance Law (in French)