Children and Adolescents with disabilities

Two children in a wheelchair with accompanying persons

Integration status in the children’s day care centre

No child should be denied access to a nursery due to the nature and severity of his/her disability or particular special needs. Normally, children with a handicap are supported together with other children in a group with the help of specialised teaching staff. There are groups of handicapped children only in individual cases.

After children’s day care registration, it is possible to apply for special support for your child with the youth services department in your neighbourhood. This will not result in additional care costs for you. The information portal of the Senate Administration for Education, Youth, and Families helps you find a children’s day care centre near you.

Inclusive schooling or special types of schools?

In Berlin, parents have the right to decide, which type of school their child goes to. This can also be the responsible or another suitable primary school. Since the 2016/17 academic year, Berlin has also established “inclusive focus schools”, which specialise in inclusive teaching in one or several funding priorities. In addition, there are schools with the following special educational support focuses, which are attended exclusively by pupils with determined special educational needs:

  • Sight
  • Hearing
  • Physical and motor skills development
  • Language
  • Learning
  • Mental development
  • Emotional and social development
  • Autistic handicap
  • Long-term illnesses

A list of all schools in Berlin are presented including the school type. The support focus may also be selected.

Individual case support

Individual case support offers special advice on providing intense care to children and youths with handicaps according to their abilities. Specifically, measures can include early care, support at school, or help with living in society. Individual case support includes work with the family of the person with the handicap and their social environment and has the goal of enabling them to lead the greatest possible independent life. Individual case support is offered by social service providers. The youth services departments of the respective districts are responsible. The requirements are:
  • You require social assistance
  • A significant and permanent handicap is present
  • Services from the Agency for Labour, the Ministry of Integration, pension providers, and health insurance providers have been rejected

More information for people with a handicap is available via people with disabilities.