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Living with disabilities

A man sits in a wheelchair in a train compartment.
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Facilities and infrastructure for people travelling in Switzerland with restricted mobility have greatly improved in recent years.

Detailed information about steps public transportation operators have taken can be found on the Swiss Federal RailwaysExternal link website. People with disabilities living in Switzerland have the right to a discount on a Federal Railways universal pass, called a GA, depending on the nature of the disability. You can find more information onlineExternal link

Mobility International SwitzerlandExternal link, which works to improve travel for those with disabilities, offers more information on wheelchair-accessible hotels, restaurants, holiday apartments and tourist attractions.

Associations exist with advice and information for people who are deaf or hard of hearingExternal link or blind or visually impairedExternal link.

Many opportunities exist to do sport at various levels, all the way up to Paralympic levelExternal link. However, your first stop is more likely to be PluSportExternal link, the umbrella organisation for disability sports in Switzerland.

When it comes to education, many children with disabilities attend regular schools in Switzerland. Although there are stark regional differences, experts maintain that the inclusive education model is working well.

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