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Engaging persons with disabilities in all levels of politics
DEC-N conducts regular dialogue with political parties and local public and non-government bodies to encourage inclusive policies, and an organizational taskforce supports voter registering and participation. Since 2012, some 200 people with disabilities have participated in local planning, 1,055 have registered to vote.
DEC-Nepal - Disable Empowerment and Communication Center, Nepal
Stimulating political participation for persons with an intellectual disability
Self-advocates of Our New Future explore the possibilities and barriers to participating in local and regional political meetings. Together with advisors they work out ways to enable people with intellectual disabilities to access political processes. Political bodies are given tools to better support their participation.
Onze Nieuwe Toekomst, Belgium
People with intellectual disabilities as editors, experts, and political representatives
Since 2017, Capito Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from Germany has been running a qualification project for people with intellectual disabilities. To date, some 1,000 participants have been trained as editors, political representatives, and experts in accessible information.
capito Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Capito Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Election policy toolkit of a UN agency for persons with intellectual disabilities
In 2021 the Multi-Partner Trust Fund of the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PRPD MPTF), UNDP, and Inclusion International developed the first toolkit in easy language to promote the participation of people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities in political processes. By 2022 the toolkit was being used in more than 30 countries. The United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), Toolkit for Political Participation of Persons with Intellectual or Psychosocial Disabilities,
Empowering people with disabilities to stand up in elections in Sub-Saharan Africa
In 2017, Sightsavers developed a programme with partners in Senegal and Cameroon that supports the political participation of people with disabilities, but also sensitizes electoral authorities to inclusive policy-making. Since then, the political presence of people with disabilities has increased significantly.
Sightsavers, Citizenship and political participation programme, Senegal
Increasing political participation through targeted lobbying on many levels
Measures focus on engaging with election stakeholders, but also include lobbying political contestants, holding public debates, and promoting media coverage. Successes include the involvement of people with disabilities by the Electoral Commission and the introduction of tactile ballot papers.
FEDOMA - Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi, Malawi
Capturing and distributing critical election-related sign language
With the "Electoral Sign Language Lexicon" IFES captures critical election-related sign language vocabulary. For explanation there are books, the Internet and an app. Train-the-trainer workshops are also available. Over 300 books have been distributed and the app has been downloaded more than 500 times.
IFES - International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Electoral Sign Language Lexicon, Libya
Strengthening electoral systems to be inclusive and accessible
The Election Access Program published the first manual, Equal Access, that provides government and civil society with guidance on how to ensure that persons with disabilities have a voice in political life. IFES also developed an election access observation checklist and trained over 700 people in 7 countries to be access observers.
IFES - International Foundation for Electoral Systems, United States of America
An Inclusive Election Guide developed in a Sub-Saharan Country
In the run-up to the 2015 elections in Burkina Faso, Light for the World facilitated solutions that removed barriers for persons with disabilities regarding political participation. An inclusive election guide was developed, ballots were printed in Braille, and legislative bodies hired people with disabilities to ensure equality.
Light for The World Burkina Faso, Inclusive Election Guide, Burkina Faso
A step-by-step toolkit to monitor voter participation
IFES developed a methodology whereby people with disabilities and their organizations are trained as official observers and use checklists to collect data on access to the electoral process. As of 2018, 13 countries had employed the IFES’s methodology, resulting in the formation of a free-to-download Election Access Observation Toolkit.
IFES - International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Election Access Observation Toolkit, Indonesia