On behalf of the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation, Swiss Paraplegic Research uses an impact model to measure how and where membership fees and donations have the greatest effect. The impact measurement records the total effect of all services provided for people with a spinal cord injury and for society. Two results of the impact measurement:
A lack of or inadequate access to public places makes life extremely difficult for fifteen per cent of people with a spinal cord injury, while a lack of or inadequately adapted means of transport for longer journeys make life extremely difficult for nine per cent of people. There are almost no differences between Switzerland and Western Europe.
Attitude of society
The number of people with a spinal cord injury in Switzerland and in Western Europe who report problems caused by negative social attitudes and negative attitudes of family, relatives and friends is extremely low and fluctuates between two and three per cent. The number of people with a spinal cord injury who have problems caused by negative attitudes of neighbours, acquaintances and colleagues, is comparably low.