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Old 06.05.2014, 14:36
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Re: Moving to Zurich with disabled child

I wonder if there is a support group or association for people with similar conditions/disabilities so you can discuss adaptive equipment and solutions?

I know there is a lot for the vision impaired/blind community.

I did also design/added a leather loop and large bead onto a zipper pull for someone with mild paralysis/mobility issues in his hands, so he could open bag more easily....I wonder if something like that would work in the door handles (wire with a small wooden knob or button on it) so he can pull the handle? I've seen something similar for light switches, but that was a very long time ago....

Have you seen those collapsible foot stools? They seem to even stock them in ikea...and are not so expensive.

I think that some of these 'mobility' aids could potentially be covered by health insurance or the disability system, or even school funding.

You always have the option of talking to the school psychology department! as they seem to be the central referral point for other services within the school system. Have you been recommended physiotherapy or occupational therapy support! In the German system they have these 'psycomotorik' therapists that seem to have this sort of training, and can give extra ideas on adaptations...
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Re: Moving to Zurich with disabled child

Two quick observations. First, I have to commend you on your VERY positive and proactive outlook on the whole situation. You are obviously not a whiner nor a worrier and just go about managing all of the difficulties that life throws your way. Go you!

Secondly, you mentioned email and I must tell you that I have noticed in my 5+ years here that Europe in general and, specifically, France and Switzerland, are very much telephone cultures and not so much email or text driven like the US. I have found that if I write an email (in French) that explains that I still have difficulty speaking French on the telephone, they will respond via email more quickly and are more understanding. (Usually because they can relate--they have difficulty speaking English on the phone also.)
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Re: Moving to Zurich with disabled child

Hi Sdtrex, your attitude and demeanour will affect your son at this stage more than the school. As for potential bullying, who isn't vulnerable due to being too short/tall, thin/heavy, pale/dark, whatever? Learning to positively deal with it early in life is key.
Persevere - nice that your son has been blessed with an over-average loving parent!
PS suggest you read your son (when age appropriate) a biography of the swashbuckling English knight Sir Jeffrey Hudson - it's inspiring
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Re: Moving to Zurich with disabled child

Thanks for the encouragement and suggestions. I do my best not to get angry in front of my son, just to discuss things with him - then take it up with the teacher.

So far - I'm impressed. The teacher responded within hours to my email and said they have zero tolerance policy for bullying or disrespect for others, and they will be on it.
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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.

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