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Training persons with intellectual disabilities to be self-advocates
The training of self-advocates takes an average of ten months and covers human rights, participation mechanisms, supported decision-making, and development of expressive ability, with the help of manuals and group teaching. Over 400 persons with intellectual disabilities and 100 facilitators undertook the training between 2014 and 2018.
FEPAPDEM - National Federation of Mothers and Fathers of People with Intellectual Disability, Ecuador
Raising Awareness on the Right to Vote
The Mi Voto Cuenta ("My Vote Counts") campaign raises awareness by informing people with disabilities about electoral processes and about how to regain their right to vote. The campaign also reaches out to political parties and the legal system to arrange meetings with political groups in all communities of Spain.
Plena Inclusion Spain, Mi Voto Cuenta, Spain
Guidelines for accessible elections in Europe
The outcomes of the ADAP project include developing recommendations for accessible elections in Europe – in both regular and easy-to-read versions in 21 languages – covering legislation, accessible information, support for decision-making etc. as well as collection of good practices from 27 European countries (in 3 languages).
Inclusion Europe, France
Enfranchising people under guardianship
Till 2013 Japan’s Election Law deprived people under adult guardianship of their right to vote and to stand for elections. In a spectacular court case, the Tokyo District Court condemned this as unconstitutional. The repeal of the discriminatory article led to the enfranchisement of more than 136,000 persons.
Tokyo District Court, REVISION OF ELECTION LAW, Japan
Electoral inclusion campaign for people with intellectual disabilities
ICanVote is a campaign to support the right of people with intellectual disabilities to participate in elections. It focuses on providing three key components: easy language and dual-read content on political citizenship, online campaign information through web and social media, and multimedia materials in easy read language.
Inclusion Melbourne, ICanVote, Australia
Empowering Individuals in their Right to Vote
ENABLE Scotland and the UK Electoral Commission have jointly developed easy-read guides to support people with learning disabilities to vote, plus voting factsheets for family members and support workers. In addition, workshops and events are organised where people with learning disabilities meet their local politicians.
ENABLE Scotland, #ENABLEtheVote, United Kingdom
Funding for running for an elected office
The Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund, established in 2012, offers individual grants to persons with disabilities who wish to put themselves forward as a candidate or for running their election campaign, but who incur additional costs associated with their disability. As of 2014 the Fund had supported 50 candidates.
UK Government Equalities Office, ACCESS TO ELECTED OFFICE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE FUND, United Kingdom
Training Young Leaders in Accessibility and Inclusion
Through its Accessibility Promotion Agents programme Escola de Gente trains young people with and without disabilities living in favelas as mediators for the rights of people with disabilities. The certified training provides skills that also increase their chances of finding employment. Between 2011 and 2017, 252 young people were trained.
Escola de Gente - Communication in inclusion, Accessibility Promotion Agents, Brazil
Leadership programme for women with disabilities
The selected participants attend workshops where they learn to self-advocate and empower others, after which they implement their own small projects. To date, 24 women have completed the programme, with 12 having since received formal leadership positions or promotions. A further 470 women have been reached via the small projects.
Light for the World Austria, Women Leadership Programme, Cambodia
Voting without legal capacity
The project brought together a variety of civil society organizations to raise public awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities and to provide workshops on democratic and voting procedures for self-advocates in local communities. The main objectives realized by the project were making changes to the Voters Register Act.
Association for Self Advocacy, Croatia