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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
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
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
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
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
Voting and participating in the electoral process
With its two regulations, Spain has introduced a voting procedure for blind electors as well as basic conditions of accessibility and non-discrimination for persons with disabilities to participate in elections and political life. This latter legislation is a broader policy framework aimed at improving the implementation of participatory rights.
Spanish Ministry of Home Affairs, Department on Electoral Cooperation, ROYAL DECREE 1612/2007 ON AN ACCESSIBLE VOTING PROCEDURE FOR PEOPLE WITH VISUAL DISABILITIES & ROYAL DECREE 422/2011 ON THE CONDITIONS FOR THE PARTICIPATION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN POLITICAL AND ELECTORAL PROCESSES, Spain
Supporting DPOs in six countries to bring the UN CRPD to life
Mobility International USA is an NGO led by people with disabilities. Its Global Disability RightsNow! (RN!) project partners disability organizations and legal experts in the US with disabled persons organisations (DPOs) in other countries in coordinating in-country plans to strengthen legislation and increase political participation.
MIUSA - Mobility International USA, Global Disability RightsNow!, United States of America
Training to actively engage in civic rights
Besides training and awareness raising, the project focuses on empowering people with disabilities to participate in community groups such as women's groups, school committees, cooperatives, etc. Working together, persons with disabilities gain confidence and community members take on disability issues as their own.
IFES - International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Nepal
Increasing Voter Accessibility in Paraguay
Ahead of the 2015 municipal elections, USAID and Fundación Saraki reviewed the legal framework regarding accessibility in elections. Their recommendations led to new regulations, such as providing absentee ballots for the first time and making information about voting available in sign language and Braille.
USAID - United States Agency for International Development, Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning, Paraguay