Equal Access: How to Include Persons with Disabilities in Elections and Political Processes (2014)
NDI, USAID, & IFES
This manual tells you about the ways that persons with disabilities can take part in elections and politics. One of the ways that people with disabilities take part in politics is when they vote in elections. Voting gives persons with disabilities a stronger political voice. People with disabilities who vote in elections show the public that they are equal citizens.
This manual outlines the challenges that people with disabilities face when they take part in politics. This manual gives ideas about how to address these challenges. This manual explains how taking part in politics can help people with disabilities to influence policies that are important to their lives. Policies are action plans that the government carries out.
This manual gives ideas about the different ways people with disabilities can take part in elections and politics. This manual explains that working in partnerships is important. People with disabilities need to be involved in any decisions that will affect their lives. Politicians, the media and disability organizations are some of the groups that should work together
This manual gives 4 main ideas of ways to help people with disabilities to take part in politics.
1. Provide training about politics to people with disabilities and disability organizations.
2. Support governments and people working in politics to develop policies and partnerships that will help more people with disabilities take part in politics.
3. Involve organizations for people with disabilities in developing education campaigns about voting for the public.
4. Help political parties to include people with disabilities during election planning and preparations.