Four touching life stories
From September 2019, we will welcome groups and individuals into our large-scale interactive exhibition on 400 square metres. Based on your own interests, you can obtain individual information about the life of the four protagonists, the topic of spinal cord injuries, and the whole Swiss Paraplegic Group.
The exhibition area of the new Visitor Centre, which is designed like a loft, represents a fictitious shared apartment. This is home to two people with paraplegia and two people with tetraplegia with very different life stories. They speak of their accident or disease, of rehabilitation, of friendship and love, and of professional reintegration.
The people living in the shared apartment introduce themselves:
Stefan (41) who lives in the shared apartment has had tetraplegia for twenty years. A relentless climb up the career ladder left him physically burnt-out, and his daily routine now looks very different. However, Stefan still loves to travel.
Sarah (32) sustained a spinal cord injury five years ago when she fell while hiking. She and her partner have had to face new challenges. It is, however, clear to Sarah that she wants to start a family with him one day.
Christine (68) is paralysed from the shoulders down due to a serious disease. After twelve months of initial rehabilitation at the SPC, obstacle-free building is a major concern for her.
Matteo (17) is the youngest person living in the shared apartment. Eight months ago he fell badly while biking downhill and sustained a spinal cord injury. Now he is undergoing professional retraining and making plans to go out with his friends.
Suitable for groups and individuals
Groups of more than ten people must register in advance
English, French, German, and Italian
- Minimum age
Children under eight years of age must be accompanied by an adult
The Swiss Paraplegic Foundation does not charge any fees for the ParaForum exhibition. However, we do very much appreciate your donation. Thank you.
(Schweizer Paraplegiker-Stiftung, 6207 Nottwil, PC-Nr. 60-147293-5, IBAN-Nr. CH 14 0900 0000 6014 7293 5)
Exhibition opening times
- Tuesday - Saturday
10.00 am – 6.30 pm (last admission: 5.00 pm)
- Sunday and bank holidays
10.00 am – 5.00 pm (last admission: 3.30 pm)
Digital fans are in for a real treat
A visit to the Swiss Paraplegic Centre is part of the curriculum for many teachers and school classes. Spinal cord injuries allow a broad spectrum of issues relating to social integration to be addressed. About 3000 young people take part in the guided tours of the clinic each year. The new Visitor Centre on the campus aims to provide this demanding target group with contemporary access to the topic, too. The exhibition with its multimedia design provides them with powerful experiences based on self-experience activities. In this way, the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation is making a future-oriented contribution to raising public awareness of the concerns people with a spinal cord injury and of equal opportunities for them. The need for solidarity with people living with a spinal cord injury remains a priority.