Category: Participation in Political & Public Life

  • Administration Announces Steps to Promote Community Living for People with Disabilities
    • This article describes the initial steps the United States government took to create an inclusive community living for people with disabilities in America.
  • Ballot Guide Developed for Blind Voters in Ghana
    • The Ghana Electoral Commission the Ghana Association of the Blind developed a ballot guide which allows voters who are blind in Ghana to cast their votes privately. This explains the features of the secret ballots & how they work.
  • Best Practices in the Field of Disability and Elections
    • Presents "best practice" stories on how various countries have promoted the rights of citizens to vote in elections. Also presents examples of t-shirts, ballots, and posters that promote election rights.
  • Best Practices: Bangladesh
    • Provides information about a project that promoted the participation of people with disabilities in the October 2001 election in Bangladesh as election observers.
  • Best Practices: Peru
    • Describes a project promoting the involvement of people with disabilities as election observers in the Spring 2000 elections in Peru. Provides examples of promotion materials including t-shirts and posters.
  • Best Practices: Zambia
    • Describes a project that involved people with disabilities as election observers in the December 2001 presidential elections in Zambia. Provides reports that resulted from the project.
  • Bill of Electoral Rights for Citizens with Disabilities
    • Participantes en un taller internacional sobre los derechos electorales para personas con discapacidad crearon un borrador sobre "Derechos Electorales para los Ciudadanos con Discapacidad." Participants at an international workshop on election rights for people with disabilities drafted a "Bill of Electoral Rights for Citizens with Disabilities."
  • Bring Europeans with Mental Disabilities Out of the Shadows
    • Judith Klein identifies the seclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities in Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia. She argues that they can easily integrate as productive members of society.
  • Community Participation
    • In this lesson, facilitators explain the importance of community participation to people with disabilities. Although there are still 6 major institutions in the state of Iowa, people with disabilities have the right to live dignifying and productive lives in the communities they choose to participate it.
  • ElectionAccess.org
    • ElectionAccess.org is a project by the International Foundation for Election Systems. They are dedicated to ensuring that all people receive their right to representation by developing technical assistance & support to governmental & nongovernmental organizations in relation to accessible elections.
  • Everyone Counts
    • Everyone Counts believes that efficient, affordable and trusted elections should be available to voters, election officials and poll workers everywhere.
  • International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES): People with Disabilities
    • One billion people in the world have a disability. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) works toward fostering partnerships among disabled person’s organizations (DPOs), civil society and governments. IFES strives to remove barriers which prohibit full participation of persons with disabilities as voters and candidates. When barriers are removed, voters with disabilities are afforded their full rights as citizens.
  • Intervention by People with Disability Australia Incorporated & the National Association of Community Legal Centres in Relation to: Article 18: Participation in Political and Public Life
    • A position paper from People with Disabilities Australia on the participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life in the Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Laws and Regulations on the Electoral Participation of Citizens with Disabilities.
    • Links to an extensive listing of laws and constitutions in countries around the world that impact the ability of people with disabilities in participate in elections. Each relevant law is quoted in English translation. Organized alphabetically by country, or by region.
  • OAS Department of Special Legal Programs: Persons with Disabilities
    • Information on international legal processes for people with disabilities, hosted by the Organization of American States.
  • Standards of Electoral Access for Citizens with Disabilities
    • This page is a discussion of the rights of all individuals to participate in elections free of discrimination according to the Bill of Electoral Rights for Citizens with Disabilities. It discusses the various actions governments must take to ensure the equal access of voting to persons with disabilities.
  • TASH Resolution on Positive Behavioral Supports
    • The purpose of this resolution is to affirm the rights of people with disabilities to receive interventions that are respectful, free of pain and produce positive change for the individuals.
  • TASH Resolution on Services and Supports in the Community
    • TASH's resolution seeking government policies and funding for services and support for all people with disabilities. These supports must give people control over all aspects of their life, including areas such as housing, employment, recreation, sexuality, and other elements of participation in the community. Supports must reflect the personal preferences and potential of the person receiving them. Word document format.
  • The Organization of American States
    • This organization works to unite the nations of the Western Hemisphere. They work to strengthen democracy; promote human rights; and confront shared problems such as poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs, and corruption. Content available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.
  • The rights of people with mental health problems and intellectual disabilities to take part in politics
    • This booklet briefly describes the laws in various European Union countries that affect whether people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities are able to vote. It is written in "easy-read" format with pictures to be understood by readers with intellectual disabilities.
  • Yo quiero Ser Una Ciudadana Como Cualquier Otra: Obstáculos Para la Participación Política de Personas con Discapacidad en Perú
    • El informe de 89 páginas documenta los efectos de una política, modificada apenas en octubre de 2011, que negó de manera arbitraria el derecho de sufragio a personas con discapacidades sensoriales, intelectuales y psicosociales. A 89 page document that mentions the effects of a policy that negated the rights to vote for persons with disabilities.