Participation in society

Equality in participation in society: main results
  Persons with severe disabilities Persons with disabilities (total) Persons without disabilities
Participation in associations (%)  1 46 62.6 70.3
Interest in politics (average) 2,3 4.6 4.9 4.9
No difficulty in using public transport without assistance (%) 4 69.7 89.1 99.2
Computer for private use in household (%)  2 89.4 94.5 96.5
1 SHS 2012. Population aged 15 to 64 years living in a private household.
2 SILC 2013, version 29.01.2015. Population aged 16 to 64 years living in a private household.
3 Average score on a scale of 0 (-) to 10 (+).
4 SHS 2017. Population aged 15 to 64 years living in a private household.
Sources: FSO – Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) and Swiss Health Survey (SHS)

Relevance to equality

The participation of people with disabilities in the community and their access to basic infrastructure holds an important place in the Disability Discrimination Act. The Act emphasises in particular the accessibility of public transport, public or large buildings, services related to information and new technologies, and local services (post office, etc.).

Participation in politics and in the community (in local associations for example) are recognised indicators of social participation and of how well people are integrated into society. These indicators provide information about a sense of belonging to a community, having a place there and a right to be heard.

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