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This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of What is disability? UN convention on the rights of persons with disability, eligibility criteria and the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health

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Development of an ICF-based eligibility procedure for education in Switzerland

Judith Hollenweger

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Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich, Departement Forschung und Entwicklung Waltersbachstrasse 5, CH-8090, Zürich, Switzerland

BMC Public Health 2011, 11(Suppl 4):S7  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-S4-S7

Published: 31 May 2011


Starting in January 2011, Switzerland will implement a multidimensional, context-sensitive procedure to establish eligibility in education systems. This paper provides a brief overview of the different eligibility-related practices with a special focus on children with disabilities. The paper then outlines the philosophical and conceptual framework of the eligibility procedure based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. The different components and methodology applied to organise information in the process towards establishing eligibility are also presented. Finally, some observations are made regarding transparent and just applications of the eligibility procedure, and the implementation of this new eligibility procedure.