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Access for disabled improving

Switzerland’s law protecting the disabled from discrimination has been effective in the five years since it was introduced, authorities say.

About 90 per cent of the country’s buses are wheelchair accessible and more than half of trains have access level to platforms, the interior ministry said in a statement on Thursday, the International Day of People with Disabilities.

Swiss law mandates that all public transport be accessible for disabled people by 2024. It also stipulates that improvements must be made to public buildings.

The interior ministry also noted that more could be done to sensitise the public to the needs of people with disabilities.

It said the conditions were “favourable” to promote equality in education, housing and employment. and agencies