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Federal law on equality for people with disabilities (LHand, in force since 2004)

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
The law aims at preventing, reducing and eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities. It empowers them as they are now in the position of demanding respect of their rights in numerous domains, instead of hoping for goodwill. It promotes conditions which help them to be independent. As a consequence it pays a lot of attention to the position of disabled on the labour market, supporting the creation of programs and pilot projects in favour of their professional integration. To promote these rights, a new federal bureau has been created through this law.
Target group
Policy Field
  • equal opportunities
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
1st of January 2004
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: strctural
  • Budgets: the confederation has invested 12 million CHF annually ? 9,87 million Euros - to promote the professional integration, moreover, in 2008, 1?705?250 CHF ? 1?402?920,7 million Euros - have been invested in projects promoting equal rights for disabled people.
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: unknown
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The law aims at improving the general conditions in order to support people with disability to be as much independent as possible. It creates a new federal bureau which monitors the developments, encourages the promotion of equal rights for people with disabilities and sensitizes the population. The law also encourages and financially supports projects aiming at the promotion of equality for people with disabilities.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
moderate programmatic change
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • others (new right for people with disabilities to fight against discrimination (possibility to get a compensation up to 5000 CHF- 4113,53 Euros - in case of discrimination))
  • services (new federal office to promote the equality for people with disabilities)
Intended target group
People with disabilities
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (federal office for equal opportunities for disabled people)
  • beneficiaries/users
  • central state
  • private not-for-profit organisations (e.g. Third Sector organisation or NGO)
Clarification of the role of various actors
In case of discrimination, the discriminated person herself or a recognized organization working for the wellbeing of disabled people are entitled to ask for the elimination of the discrimination.
Intended output
  • services (new federal office to promote the equality for people with disabilities)
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
One of the aims of the law is to better integrate people with disabilities into the labour market
Intended and unintended outcomes
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