Croatia - Article 24

Education systems

Equal access to national education, vocational training and lifelong learning systems

Educational settings - mainstream education
Education settings - special education
Collaboration between both systems

Teaching of compensatory skills made necessary by vision loss

Provision of accessible text books and other educational material

Provision of assistive technology

1. Equal access to:

1.1. National education system

The national education system is officially accessible to blind students, but in reality there are some limitations to its accessibility due to pragmatic circumstances and to economic possibilities of the state.

1.2. National vocational training and lifelong learning systems

They are officially accessible to blind students. In practice, the methodology is not completely adapted to blind students.

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2. Educational settings

2.1. Mainstream education (please specify what support measures if any)

2.1.1. Primary

Mainstream education is the general rule. Blind students have professional assistance and support; school books are adapted and printed in large print or Braille. Through the health insurance system students can obtain an electronic Braille notebook, speech software and a Braille writing machine.

2.1.2. Secondary

Through the health insurance system students can obtain an electronic Braille notebook, speech software and a Braille writing machine.

2.1.3. University

Some Universities have services for preparing professional literature in Braille or digital format. Through the health insurance system blind students can obtain an electronic Braille notebook, speech software and a Braille writing machine.

2.1.4. Vocational training and lifelong learning

Students in vocational training schools for the visually impaired have all the support needed - through professional assistance, adapted literature and necessary equipment.

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2.2. Special education

2.2.1. Primary

In special schools there are mostly students with visual impairment and additional disabilities. They have total support through the work of professionals in the school, fully adapted literature and necessary equipment.

2.2.2. Secondary

 See 2.1.4.

2.2.3. University

There is no such form of education.

2.2.4. Vocational training and lifelong learning

See 2.1.4.

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2.3. Collaboration between both systems

2.3.1. Primary

There is collaboration through the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfar

2.3.2. Secondary

See 2.3.1.

2.3.3. University

See 2.3.1.

2.3.4. Vocational training and lifelong learning

See 2.3.1.

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3. Teaching of compensatory skills made necessary by vision loss

3.1. Subjects (Braille, computer, daily-living skills, mobility, etc.)

These skills are being tought within specialized state owned institutions and as ad hoc organized projects in civil society sector organizations.

3.2. Training and certificates for visually impaired teachers (Braille, computer, daily-living skills, mobility, etc.)

There are no special places to educate blind teachers.

3.3. Training and certificates for visually impaired students (Braille, computer, daily-living skills, mobility, etc.)

Within special institution for education and training of visually impaired persons.

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4. Provision of accessible text books and other educational material

4.1. Provision of the basic documents

Regular way, no significant obstacles.

4.2. Adaptation and transcription of the documents

Through special institution for education and training of visually impaired persons, National Library for the Blind, regular universities and NGOs.

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5. Provision of assistive technology

5.1. Primary

5.2. Secondary

5.3. University

5.4. Vocational training and lifelong learning

5.1 to 5.4: Blind persons within education system have right to obtain: electronic Braille notebook, speech software, Braille writing machine, CD reproducer and Daisy recorder. Other aids and technologies such as Braille printer, mobile phone software etc. are bought with own resources or through donations. 

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