Vladimir Cuk, MS, (Institute on Disability and Human Development: IL UCEDD/LEND) Authors "Disability Services at Universities in Southeast Europe: Achieving Equality"

November 23, 2009

People with disabilities rarely participate in higher education in the developing world. For people with disabilities, higher education provides the opportunity to compete in open markets with their non disabled peers. This study surveyed selected universities in the United States of America and the United Kingdom with the goal of producing recommendations for the development of disability services at universities in the developing countries of Southeast Europe. In the developing countries of the world, services and supports for students with disabilities are not well developed or are non- existent. In contrast, the US and UK have made significant progress in establishing accommodation services and policies in higher education over the last few decades. These two countries provide a logical starting point of experience, knowledge and policies related to higher education for students with disabilities. Results from this study can be used to introduce or improve services or as an advocacy tool for encouraging services development.


About the Author

Mr. Cuk received his M.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Disability and Human Development. He completed the course work at the Ph.D. Disability Studies program at UIC. Mr. Cuk received a diploma, "Long Term Training Course on Projects in South East Europe" from the Council of Europe. He served as the executive director of Association of Students with Disabilities of Serbia and Montenegro for 4 years. He was a founder of the Southeast European Network for Young People and Students with Disabilities. Mr. Cuk has published several articles including one in the internationally acclaimed Encyclopedia of Disability as well as a World Bank conference background paper and articles in press in the European Disability Forum's publication "Youth and Disability."



Cuk, V. (2009). Disability services at universities in Southeast Europe: Achieving equality. Saarbrücken: VDM