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The IFES event this week features the U.S. elections and is hosting election commissioners from all around the world. Virginia Atkinson, Access and Inclusion Specialist, IFES was moderating a panel on “More Power to More People: How the ADA and the CRPD are Expanding Political Rights” monday from 4-5pm EST. The panel discussed how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) have provided the legal context for accessible and inclusive elections, and how the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) incorporated many standards identified in U.S. legislation.



Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Department of State

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Coordinator for Disability and Inclusive Development, USAID

Lewis Bossing, Senior Staff Attorney, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

More information about the U.S. Election Program can be found here: