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Helpful Local Resources

In and around Geneva

Help and healthcare at home

Nurses, home care for families, ill and disabled persons of all ages.
Institution Genevoise de Maintien à Domicile (IMAD)
Tel: 022.429.2020
E-mail: info@imad-ge.ch

Help for parents

The Arcade sage-femmes in Geneva offers a range of services for expectant or new parents. English services are available.
Tel:  022/329.05.55
85 bd Carl Vogt, Genève

Chaperon Rouge:
Emergency babysitting organised by the Red Cross.
Tel: 022.304.0482 or 022.304.0486 or
E-mail: Babysittingchaperon.rouge@croix-rouge-ge.ch

New Born Care
Red Cross (Geneva) offers classes in English for expectant parents in newborn care and development. Course location: 9, route des Acacias, 1201, Geneva, Registration is required. Tel: 022.304.0494 or E-mail: sante.formation@croix-rouge-ge.ch

Breastfeeding Group:
Meet monthly to discuss breastfeeding and related topics.
Margaret Warrick Tel: 022.796.9311 or
Tine Pfenninger: 033.450.20.83.48

Association Twins, Triplets & more:
Information and meetings related to multiple births. Meetings are in French but many members speaks English.
Barbara Moser-Mercer: 022.774.4107
Nyon Twins Association: 022.362.1424

Association Arc-en-ciel:
French and German speaking support group for families that have lost a child.
Marianne Sulser: 022.310.4028

Local Support Groups


Association Suisse de Parents d’Enfants avec Deficit d’Attention et/ou Hyperactivité

E-mail: aspedah@aspedah.ch

The swiss french association of parents for children with attention deficit and/or hyperactivity disorder. The group offers parents meeting in different parts of Suisse Romande and they welcome all inquiries.

Contact: Marlene Muff-Fleury, phone: 021 703 24 20


Includes an excellent list of links to other organisations dealing with autism. Based in Geneva and the local antenna of Autisme Suisse-Romande.

ASTURAL – Service Educatif Itinerant

Directeur: Eric Métral: sec.gen@astural.ch

This Geneva-based private organization, under ASTURAL and  can assist with assessing child’s development, find doctors and/or therapist. They can also provide psychologists for home-teaching for a few hours. Directeur Eric Métral is bi-lingual.

Parents’ group, Nyon 

E-mail: suzanne fassio <sfassio@sunrise.ch>

Bi-monthly discussion groups for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Led by Suzanne Fassio.

Benedicts L. Eissa 

Benedicte is a “contact” person for ASK – Autism Sub-group.

For further information on Gluten Free and Casein Free Diet & IBI (Intensive Behavioral Intervention)

Benedicte – Tel: 078 841 34 02 (English/French/Arabic)

Sunday mornings at 00 33 4 50 40 69 19

E-mail: info@allspecialkids.org


OVA ASSOCIATION – is a Swiss & French registered non profit organisation dedicated to teaching children with Autism using ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and VB (Verbal Behavior). The group provides home based and center based ABA programs/intervention. Supervision is provided by their Board Certified Analysts from Toronto Canada. The group has local Lead therapists (fluent in english + 5 years ABA experience, all psychologists) and a team of 30 Instructor therapists made of University students and young psychologists who wants to specialise in ABA. OVA is also an ABA training center for parents, university students, teachers & professionnals dealing with PDD children.

The group provide regular workshops and seminars.

T el : 022 360 03 49

Fondation Le Cube de Verre

c/o Famille D.Wäelti

Ch. Du Levrioux 16 – 1263, Crassier

E-mail : cubedeverre@hotmail.com

Tel : 022 367 26 24

Anna Waelti (french only) / Daniel Waelti (english spoken)

L’Association Dyslexie Suisse Romande (ADSR)

Geneva contacts: Gihane Mokhtar-Brandt & Tania Shakarchi (French/English/Arabic)

Email: geneve@adsr.ch

Tél: 022 755 37 00

L’Association Romande des Logopédistes Diplômés

Swiss association of specialist dyslexia tutors in the Suisse Romande area

SCOVA – Société Coopérative Objectif Vaincre l’Autisme

E-mail: wrightf@wanadoo.fr

An organisation that provides help to parents, in particular regarding dietary intervention. Website is in English, French and German. Founder, Francis Wright, is an anglophone.

On 27th March 2004, Scova hosted a very successful International Conference on Autism. Please check Scova website for further information on DVD production of the Conference.


E-mail: info@tourette-romandie.ch

New website for families of children with Tourette’s Syndrome includes and excellent bulletin board.

Swiss Association of Occupational Therapists (based in Bern)

E-mail: evs-ase@ergotherapie.ch


The English Speaking Cancer Association (ESCA) is a non-profit association of professionals, volunteers and cancer survivors who provide emotional support, practical help and information in English to those who have been touched by cancer and are living in the Geneva, Vaud and French border areas.

150 route de Ferney, CP 2100, 1211 Genève 2

Tel: 022 791 6305 E-mail: info@cancersupport.ch

Special needs children’s rights in Switzerland

Click here for downloadable file

Elsewhere in Switzerland

The Learning Room
The Learning Room Zürich is a needs led practice offering speech and language therapy, educational support, assessment and consultation for children and young people with special needs as well as those just requiring a little extra support. (English/German/Swedish)