The Denk an mich Foundation is a ZEWO -certified Swiss non-profit organization. Its purpose is to enable mentally or physically handicapped people living in Switzerland, their relatives and caregivers to spend holidays and recreation through their own campaigns or through financial support from other institutions and organizations, as well as to provide care for mentally and physically handicapped people residing in the To promote Switzerland.
The foundation finances its support exclusively from donations, legacies and financial contributions. The board of trustees includes the disabled athletes Edith Hunkeler and Ursula Schwaller as well as former Federal Councilor Samuel Schmid .
Jeannette and Martin Plattner are the spiritual parents of the foundation. In 1968, the two of them initiated a limited collection campaign on Radio DRS as program designers for children's and youth programs. The proceeds should make vacation dreams come true for disabled children. What began as a limited campaign in favor of disabled children in Switzerland is now an integral part of the social commitment of Swiss Radio and Television (SRF). The Denk an mich radio broadcast on Radio SRF 1 and Radio SRF Musikwelle every Saturday 9.45–9.50 has great support among the Swiss population. To date, over 70 million francs have been collected and distributed.
With 2 to 3 million francs per year, the foundation enables over 12,000 people with a disability to enjoy vacation and leisure activities, but also to allow parents and relatives to take a break. In addition, Denk an mich wants to reduce the fear of contact between people with and people without disabilities by supporting targeted projects and thereby promote integration and solidarity.
The foundation has set itself the goal of creating “playgrounds for everyone” in all seven major regions of Switzerland. For many - not just young - people, playgrounds are attractive places to meet. Therefore, playgrounds must also be accessible to people with disabilities and offer them opportunities to actively participate in the game. With the playgrounds and the associated public relations, the impetus is given to deal with the topic of integration, i.e. equal participation in social life on the playgrounds as well. People with a disability should of course be able to move around in public spaces. Denk an mich is supported by the Federal Bureau for Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities (EBGB), the Advisory Center for Accident Prevention (bfu) and the Swiss Specialist Center for Building Suitable for the Disabled.
People with disabilities want to lead a self-determined life in our society - even during holidays. In exchanges with people with disabilities, those responsible at the Denk an mich Foundation have repeatedly found how many obstacles there are to overcome when it comes to holidays. That is why the Denk an mich Foundation and the Swiss Youth Hostels are working together to make the entire range of Swiss Youth Hostels - from obtaining information on the Internet to the companies - barrier-free. In addition to the Denk an mich Foundation and the Swiss Youth Hostels, two other important partners are involved in the project: the Federal Bureau for Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities and the Swiss Specialized Agency for Building Suitable for the Disabled.