Who we are
ASK is a Geneva-based, non-profit organisation and an NGO founded in 2003 in direct response to parents’ needs.
ASK provides a welcoming, caring, nurturing environment, whether you’ve just arrived in Switzerland or have lived here all your life.
We currently have 3 branches, ASK – Geneva, ASK – Zurich, and ASK – Vaud Chapters, and becoming a truly multicultural and multilingual resource for the parents and school communities in Switzerland.
Our work is guided by the following four core values: C.A.R.E: Community – Assistance – Resource – Enrichment
We offer the following services:
- educational assessment
- parents consultation
- school recommendation
- specialist referral
- monthly parents meeting
- parents’ workshop series
- support families and their children and young adults with learning differences and special educational needs
- raise both public and professional awareness of Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) and the need for early detection, proper diagnosis, appropriate recommendations and specialist support
- increase parental and professional awareness of services within the community
- bridge the gap between parents, educators, and specialists, finding the best solution for each child – both academically and socially
- provide social opportunities with peers, offer job training and work experience to the young adults to meet their full potential in life
ASK is dedicated to offering a range of programmes and services to fulfil these core values, driven by the needs of parents, their children, young adults, and professionals. These currently include Monthly Parents Support Meetings in Geneva and Zurich, Parent Consultation, Parents Workshops, and many children programmes such as, Weekly Homework Club and Social Skills Group, Friendship Circle, social skills group specifically for young children with Autism, Café Society, a social group for the young adults, and Annual Bilingual Summer Camp. In addition, to support parents and schools, ASK also offers Independent Psycho-educational Assessments, Annual Seminar Series (professional development courses), and Annual Bilingual Conference. In 2019, we launched the ACCESS Programme offering Job Training and Work Experience for young adults and adults with learning differences and special educational needs.