What accommodations do schools make for special-needs kids?
My son is mildly Asperger's (with no other special needs) and we had a terrible time finding a place for him in the schools here. We almost curtailed the assignment solely because of the school situation. He attends the Danube International School, which does the best job of the three international schools of accommodating special needs. The American International School basically does not accommodate special needs, no matter what they say. They rejected my son, and several people have told me that I am lucky they did! I do not know much about the Vienna International School, but they rejected my son. All that said, my son is very well accommodated at DIS. Reviews of the other two schools are mixed in this regard, to say the least. Definitely assume nothing. Contact the schools directly well ahead of time--preferably before bidding--with an honest disclosure of your child's needs. Do not count on the CLO to help you very much with this. ***Do your own research***I have heard of at least two instances of people arriving with special needs kids and having to leave post because they could not be accommodated. - May 2013
There are plenty of speech, occupational therapy, and other services available for kids. There is a kids' hospital here as well. - Jan 2013
Shop around. The main schools are not open to dealing with special needs. Ask lots of questions. - Aug 2011
Few. AIS and VIS can handle only kids with mild special needs, on a case-by-case basis; the International Montessori Pre-School [downtown] can accomodate children with special needs on a case-by-case basis. - Aug 2009
see above. I have heard VIS and VCS will make accommodations. - Aug 2009