The collection of educational materials entitled “Students with Disabilities” contains eight handbooks:

•    General Guidelines, edited by Lelia Kiš-Glavaš 
•    Physical Accessibility, edited by Elizabeta Haničar
•    Access to Information and Services, edited by Mirjana Zubak
•    Teaching Processes and Learning Outcomes, edited by Anita Vulić-Prtorić, Valentina Kranželić and Andrea Fajdetić
•    Mentorship and Consultations, edited by Valentina Novak and Maja Petković
•    International Student Mobility, edited by Martina Ferić Šlehan 
•    Leisure Time, edited by Damir Miholić
•    Students’ Psychological Needs, edited by Nataša Jokić-Begić

The EduQuality project handbooks were translated into English by graduate students in the English Department, translation track, at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, as part of their graduation project. The translations were revised by their supervisors, Dr. Nataša Pavlović and Dr. Alexander Hoyt.

The series aims at equalizing the opportunities of students with disabilities to access higher education by informing, training and raising awareness of the academic and non-academic staff at Croatian universities and their constituents with regard to the specific needs of such students within Croatia´s higher education system.

We consider students with disabilities to include students with vision and hearing impairments, motor impairment, chronic disease and learning difficulties such as dyslexia and ADHD, as well as students with mental disturbances and disorders. By categorizing these students as students with disabilities our intention is by no means to stigmatize or brand them, but rather to emphasize the need for accommodation of academic content to such students, as well as to present some examples of good practice.

The handbooks were written by members of all partner institutions in the project: the academic and non-academic staff of the University of Zagreb, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek and the Universities of Rijeka, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik; students with and without disabilities; and a representative of Croatia´s Institute for the Development of Education. Particularly invaluable was the help we received from our colleagues from partner institutions abroad (the University of Aarhus, Masaryk University, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Gothenburg), who offered concrete advice and guidelines based on their vast experience in supporting students with disabilities.

Each handbook covers an important aspect of students´ academic life, defining it and explaining its importance with regard to the acquisition of necessary professional competences. At the same time, the handbooks point to some obstacles that can exist with regard to accessibility, in an attempt to identify the preconditions for overcoming such obstacles without compromising the defined academic standards.

By emphasizimg the rights of all students to equal access to higher education and by proposing measures that can equalize opportunities, often in a simple way and at no additional cost, these handbooks aim at contributing to the definition of clear accessibility standards for students with disabilities at the national level.

Detailed information on the handbooks is available at (link) .

It is very important to thank all the contributors who took part, either directly or indirectly, in the creation of these handbooks. We especially thank former, present and future students with disabilities.  They have used and will continue to use their perseverance, courage, patience and great motivation to build the much-needed support system for students with disabilities in Croatia’s higher education.  However, their efforts would continue to be in vain if it had not been for a large number of academic and non-academic staff members who have provided support to students with disabilities in practice, often without the existence of clear guidelines and relying only on their empathy and wish to improve the situation.

We believe that these handbooks will provide them with clear and systematic guidelines that will facilitate their future work.