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A collection of publications that share ideas, expertise, best practices and general information related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in political processes.
The Political Participation of Armenian Women with Disabilities: Barriers and Recommendations
Updated: August 2018
In August 2018, Agate Rights Defense Center for Women with Disabilities, with the support of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released "The Political Participation of Armenian Women with Disabilities: Barriers and Recommendations", a report that provides insights into the ...
Access of Persons with Disabilities in Nepal's Electoral Process
Updated: July 2018
For the 2017 Nepal House of Representative and Provincial Assembly elections, the National Federation for Disabilities, Nepal (NFDN) conducted an election access monitoring mission, with support of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Following the election, NFDN compiled ...
Conference of State Parties Political Participation Panel
Updated: May 2018
The Conference of State Parties (COSP) will hold round-table discussions on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilites during it's eleventh sesssion in New York from June 12-14, 2018. The Secretariat has presented this note on political Participation and equal recognition before the law to facilitate ...
Manual for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Electoral and Political Processes
Updated: March 2018
In 2016, the Election Access Working Group (EAWG), convened by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) with partners such as the Central Election Commission of Kosovo (CEC) and disabled poeple's organizations (DPOs), produced a manual on inclusion of persons witih disabilities with the support of the United States Agency ...
Access Assessment of Sierra Leone's Electoral Process
Updated: March 2018
In 2017, Sierra Leone’s National Elections Council (NEC), the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) conducted an assessment to determine barriers to participation of persons with disabilities and provided surveys to voters with disabilities. The shared findings and responses were used in the ...
Disability Rights and Election Observation: Increasing Access to the Political Process
Updated: December 2017
In December 2017, the Nordic Journal of Human Rights published a special edition on election observation. "Disability Rights and Election Observation: Increasing Access to the Political Process" discusses how international election observation missions (IEOMs) can be more inclusive of observers with disabilities and how observation recommendations can lead to a ...
Disability Access Monitoring Report
Updated: December 2017
In July 2017, Ra'es Hadomi Timor Oan (RHTO), with the support of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affair and Trade (DFAT), conducted an election access observation mission. Observers with disabilities shared the findings used in the drafting of this report. ...
Political participation of people with disabilities in Republic of Macedonia
Updated: November 2017
In 2017, Polio Plus - Movement Against Handicap produced a report entitled "Political participation of people with disabilities in Republic of Macedonia." The report includes statistics from a survey conducted by the organization. An excerpt is available in English.
Equal Access: How to Include Persons with Disabilities in Elections and Political Processes
Updated: November 2017
Produced by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), this publication provides governments, civil society and the donor community with the tools and knowledge to promote the participation of persons with disabilities in elections and political processes. Equal Access draws on international standards, such ...
Accessibility Audit Report
Updated: October 2017
In 2017, the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) and the State Election Commission of Macedonia (SEC) produced a report on the accessibility of polling stations. The Report on Auditing and Assessing the Polling Station Accessibility for People with Different Abilities on the Territory of Republic of Macedonia provides recommendations for ...
Europe and Eurasia
Handbook on Observing and Promoting the Electoral Participation of Persons with Disabilities
Updated: September 2017
In September 2017, the Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institution and Human Rights (ODIHR) published a new manual on disability-inclusive election observation. The manual provides the legal framework for including disbaility in electoral observation in Europe, as well as sample questions for members of ...
Handbook to Support People with Disabilities to Participate in the Electoral and Political Process in ...
Updated: June 2017
The Association for Promotion and Development of an Inclusive Society (INKLUZIVA), with support from the Embassy of the United States in Macedonia, published tthe "Handbook to Support People with Disabilities to Participate in the Electoral and Political Process in Macedonia", which provides information on how persons with disability and their participation ...
Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the Electoral Process
Updated: May 2017
In 2014, Democracy in Action and HandiKOS, a disabled people's organization (DPO) in Kosovo, with support from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), conducted short- and long-term election access observations.
Audits on Election Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Haiti
Updated: April 2017
In 2014 and 2015, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) trained disabled people's organizations (DPOs) in Haiti to conduct a number of election access observations, with the support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Bazelon Center Guide to Voting Rights of People with Mental Disabilities
Updated: October 2016
The Guide to Voting Rights of People with Mental Disabilities, published by the Bazelon Center in 2016, includes a review of the laws that protect or restrict voting rights of persons with psychosocial or intellectual disabilities in the United States. It also provides suggestions for advocating to change restrctive laws.
Ruderman White Paper on Voting Accessibility for People with Disabilities
Updated: September 2016
In 2016, the Ruderman Foundation published a white paper on the barriers that exist to electoral access of persons with disabilities in the United States, including: Insufficient poll worker training Access barriers to polls (including publicly available transportation) Access barriers to elections material and registration material prior to elections Stigma ...
Candidate's Guide to Accessible Elections
Updated: July 2016
In 2014, the Association of Municipal Managers, Cerks, and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) and the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario developed the Candidate's Guide to Accessible Elections to encourage candidates to reach voters with disabilities and to encourage persons with disabilities to become candidates. The Guide includes practical suggestions for increasing accessibility of the ...
ADA Checklist for Polling Stations
Updated: July 2016
In July 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice released an updated checklist for polling places. It includes a comprehensive overview of the accessible features that polling stations should have, as well as suggestions for both short- and long-term solutions to make polling stations accessible.
Each country page offers excerpts from national constitutions, election laws, and relevant legislation affecting the rights of persons with disabilities to participate in political processes.
Voter Education & Assistive Devices
Best practice examples of assistive devices such as tactile ballot guides and of materials from voter education campaigns, including television advertisements and radio spots.
International Laws & Regulations
Excerpts from international and regional legislation, declarations, and commitments in which the rights of persons with disabilities to the political process are guaranteed.
A dictionary that focuses on defining critical terminology related to political processes, elections, disability, assistive devices, and inclusive practices.
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