Discover practical information to help take advantage of the activities and services provided for handicapped people by the City of Geneva.
Culture and leisure activities
Ensuring access to culture for handicapped people is a major challenge. The City of Geneva is gradually developing a number of measures in this sphere. The initial emphasis was placed on the accessibility of buildings. Today, sensory impairments and mental handicaps benefit from appropriate measures implemented in collaboration with institutions and associations specialising in handicaps.
The Accessibility portal lists the locations and cultural events throughout Switzerland accessible to handicapped people, according to their handicap.
Numerous sports have now been adapted to meet the specific needs of people with reduced mobility. Most centres sportifs et stades de la Ville de Genève are accessible to people with reduced mobility.
In Geneva, two associations in particular encourage handicapped people to practise sports.
- Handisport Genève offers support to people with physical, sensory and/or mental handicaps in practising numerous sports including basketball, horse riding, water skiing, hiking and judo.
- The association sportive des schtroumpfs (ASS) offers mentally handicapped people the chance to enjoy the following sports: football, cycling, swimming and pétanque. The ASS also organises a number of competitions throughout the year.
Every year, the best players from around the world compete at the Swiss Wheelchair Tennis Open held at the Bois-des-frères sports centre.
Transport and amenities
Services exist to facilitate parking and the use of public transport for people with reduced mobility.
A number of specific amenities are also in place to help senior citizens, blind and visually impaired, people in wheelchairs and people with pushchairs or carrying bags to get around the city.
Financial aid and social services
In certain conditions, the City of Geneva grants financial benefits to people with disability insurance.
The City of Geneva provides people requiring medical monitoring or care with medicare housing (IAI).
Associations and partner organisations
The State of Geneva as well as various associations and organisations support handicapped people through the different stages of their life:
- AGILE Entraide Suisse Handicap: this association has brought together the umbrella organisations for handicapped people in Switzerland for almost sixty years;
- Association genevoise d'intégration sociale (AGIS);
- Association genevoise des malentendants: this entity organises activities and home visits for deaf or hearing-impaired people and their loved ones;
- Association Handicap, Architecture, Urbanisme (HAU): linked to Pro Infirmis, it provides consultations for people with perception, communication or mobility difficulties;
- Association La Corolle;
- Association suisse des invalides (Procap);
- Club en fauteuil roulant Genève;
- Inclusion Handicap: the Inclusion Handicap centre represents the point of view of people suffering from a handicap and their loved ones in all matters relating to equality.
- Fondation Avenir Malgré Tout (Rue Peillonnex 41, 1225 Chêne-Bourg,
+41 22 348 33 36);
- Fondation Clair Bois;
- Fondation Transport-Handicap: this foundation deals with the transport of people in a wheelchair. It also sells, repairs and rents wheelchairs;
- Ligue genevoise contre le rhumatisme: this entity organises support groups for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis;
- Pro Infirmis.
Article modifié le 28.04.2020 à 10:10