Accommodating diversity for active participation in european elections

We have thus far received 25 replies from our member organizations and 18 replies from electoral commissions or government departments responsible for organizing elections .Our research has given us a valuable insight into the situation in Europe.The judgment is thus important in that it proves that no person with an intellectual disability can be automatically deprived of universal suffrage.Read more Inclusion Europe earns recognition from Zero Project A project run by Inclusion Europe has been included as one of 42 Innovative Practices 2015 by the Zero Project.Having carried out research on accessibility for people with disabilities to European Elections in a number of different countries, Inclusion Europe published a national guide entitled ‘Voting For All’, which provided recommendations to national governments on solutions to accessibility issues for people with disabilities at elections.The right to vote is one of the most fundamental rights of European citizens.

PRESS RELEASE: Brussels, 16 November 2010 In December 2009, Inclusion Europe launched the ADAP project, which aims to improve the accessibility of European elections for people with disabilities, as well as several other vulnerable groups.

To overcome these obstacles, the projects partners met with national and European politicians to raise awareness about this problem and encourage them to make their information more accessible.

They also developed three useful publications available for download from the project website: fruitful cooperation between disability organisations and intergovernmental bodies, such as the Council of Europe and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency experience during the project period will continue in the future to further disseminate the ADAP results and sustainably enhance election accessibility in Europe.

Our membership reported that restrictions on legal capacity, lack of access to information and polling stations and a general lack of awareness were among the main barriers to participation in elections by people with disabilities.

In Sweden and the UK we found documented evidence of a significantly lower participation in elections by people with intellectual disabilities.

Accommodating diversity for active participation in european elections