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Providing accessible candidate lists and other election materials for visually impaired persons
During the Finnish parliamentary elections in 2011 the Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with FFVI, for the first time financed the production of accessible candidate lists for visually impaired persons, including audio and Braille. Since then these visual aids have been available in every election on all levels in Finland.
Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired, Finland
Co-creating New Regulations with Local Governments
After Fundación Discapacidad y Desarrollo had identified the needs of disabled people in the province of Loja together with with local organizations and representatives, some changes were implemented at the local level. One result of the legislation is that 480 people with disabilities have now set up small businesses
Disability and Development Foundation, Ecuador
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
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
Countrywide working group making elections more accessible
Disability Inclusive Elections Sri Lanka’ is a working group of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Sri Lanka, which, in collaboration with the National Election Commission, has designed and implemented strategies and measures for the political and electoral inclusion of persons with disabilities.
International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Disability Inclusive Elections Sri Lanka (DIESL) Technical Working Group, Sri Lanka
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
QR Codes used to inform voters who are blind or deaf about voting procedures
In the run-up to the 2020 local elections in Ukraine, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) joined forces with the Central Election Commission of Ukraine to develop information posters with QR codes. These were linked to audio and sign language formats and were used by approximately 6,000 people.
International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Accessible Voter Education in Ukraine, Ukraine
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
A Ballot Template for the Blind
The ballot template can be used both by those who can read Braille and those who cannot. Also the template can be adapted to the specific candidates of a region, thus allowing blind voters to participate nationwide. In 2017, 5,000 templates were piloted during the Turkish Constitution referendum.
ABFA - Association of Barrier Free Access, Turkey
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