Re: Moving to Zurich with disabled child
We are leaving Switzerland. Tomorrow. A few things we have learned that may help someone in the future:
Our experience was largely positive. People stare, but they aren't malicious. It's just what they do. If you then interact with them, they are often friendly. Kids were great once they got to know our son, he was welcomed and loved at public school.
Insurance is problematic for kids with disabilities developed before they arrived in Switzerland - from some countries. We are from the USA. Our son's disability is from birth. So the Swiss government sees it as not their problem, and insurance will not cover many things that would be covered if he had been born here. This will be different for people from different countries. It's complicated.
Swiss people stick to the rules, but if you find a friendly, kind, and helpful person, they will help you maneuver through the bureaucracy and get what you want. We had this more than once.
The bottom line - our experience was positive, but it requires a certain comfort with ambiguity - we never really had straight answers on whether something was covered by insurance or not, for example, People just described things as hard or easy - not covered or not covered. But be nice and friendly and respectful and you should find your way.
All the best, and goodbye, at least for now.