Inclusion Europe is leading the 18-month project, together with one self-advocate from three of its member organizations in France, the Czech Republic and Scotland.As part of the ADAP project, early in 2010, Inclusion Europe undertook research on the current accessibility of elections for people with disabilities in Europe through questionnaires sent to its member organizations and to the electoral commissions or government department responsible for organising elections in the different EU Member States.According to Hungarian law in 2010, any person with an intellectual disability with a legal guardian is automatically refused this right.Now, after four years of waiting, the court has decided that Sándor’s complaint was right.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.
In 2010, the United States Election Commission produced a brochure in collaboration with disability rights organizations on making elections more accessible.
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.
Be it for the electoral campaigns providing information which is complicated and hard to understand, or for lack of accessibility measures, the general set up of elections often excludes some citizens who therefore cannot exercise their right to vote and take part in elections.
This includes people with intellectual, sensory and physical disabilities, as well as the elderly and other groups at risk of non-participation due to language or other barriers such as EU citizens living in another EU member state.