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The Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning published the Act on ensuring accessibility to buildings for persons with disabilities and reduced mobility.
Within the aforementioned Act, accessibility for persons with visual impairments is regulated through obligation of installing tactile guide paths; tactile map layouts; speech programs in elevators, means of public transportation (tram, bus) and in traffic lights; use of contrast colours in important public spaces.
Croatian Association of the Blind acts as advisor in the selection of optimal solutions for the measures ensuring accessibility.
Yes, speech announcement of stations in urban transportation (trams, buses, traffic lights).
There are no penalties for non-application of measures. However, when working on building projects, elements of accessibility must be ensured, otherwise the building will not get an occupancy permit.
Long white cane, optical and electronic aids and rarely GPS.
They are distributed through the Croatian Association of the Blind and companies specializing in technical aids for persons with disabilities.
Yes, in cases when the person is in rehabilitation process.
They are founded through Croatian Health Insurance Fund.
Yes, also through Croatian Health Insurance Fund.
Yes white cane is recognized as a symbol of visual impairment. A condition related to its attribution is proof of visual impairment that is classified as blindness by the standards of WHO. There are no sanctions in cases of abuse.
Yes, research and developments are done through various projects where associations of PWDs are in the role of partners.
Visually impaired people who lost their sight later in life are trained in the Department for rehabilitation of persons who lost their sight later in life, within the Centre for the blind Vinko Bek, Zagreb and through various projects implemented by CAB member associations.
There is no systematic approach to training mobility instructors and no certified programme.
Within the projects of the CAB member associations and in the Department for rehabilitation of persons who lost their sight later in life, Center for the blind Vinko Bek, Zagreb.
Specific support is provided in the mentioned Department; from professionals and experts in the field of special education teaching, psychology, social work etc.
No, there is no training for instructors in autonomy.
Yes, the public is informed by the CAB core members associations, through various media channels (TV, radio, newspapers, internet) in the form of presentations and promotion of projects and through marking certain dates (for example White Cane Day, 15th October).
Yes, professionals have the opportunity to receive specific training and awareness rising concerning visual impairment within various projects related to the theme.