Definitions

A dictionary that focuses on defining critical terminology related to political processes, elections, disability, assistive devices, and inclusive practices.

Democracy

A government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free and fair elections.

 

Disability

The legal definition of disability varies from country to country. In general, disability is any physical, sensory, emotional, intellectual or behavioral trait that can result in a person’s abilities and participation being limited by cultural, environmental and/or biological obstacles. The use of reasonable accommodations, assistive tools and other instruments can mitigate or eliminate limitations so that a person with a disability is able to participate fully and equally in society.

Disabled Persons' Organization (DPO)

A civil society organization that is run by and for persons with disabilities. For example, the Nigerian National Association of the Deaf is comprised of deaf and hard-of-hearing Nigerians that works to promote and protect their rights