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People with Disabilities

Research shows that people with disabilities face several barriers to registering and voting, working at, or running in an election.

Access-related barriers

Motivational barriers

People with Disabilities

European Commission. 2019. “Accessibility: Essential for Some, Useful for All.”

Mark A., et al. 2019. “Voting Characteristics of Individuals With Traumatic Brain Injury.” Forthcoming in World Medical and Health Policy.

Schur, Lisa and Douglas Kruse. 2019. “Fact Sheet: Disability and Voter Turnout in the 2016 Election.” Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. [USA]

Kelly, Brendan D. and Michael Nash. 2018. « Voter Participation Among People Attending Mental Health Services in Ireland. » Forthcoming from Irish Journal of Medical Science. [Abstract, Voilà]

Couture, Jérôme and Sandra Breux. 2017. « The Differentiated Effects of Health on Political Participation. » The Journal of Public Health 27, 4.

Langford, Brynne, and Mario Levesque. 2017. « Symbolic and Substantive Relevance of Politicians with Disabilities: A British Columbia Case Study. » Canadian Parliamentary Review 40, 2.

Levesque, Mario. 2017. « Vulnerable Populations and the Permanent Campaign: Disability Organization as Policy Entrepreneurs. » Permanent Campaigning in Canada. Edited by Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson, Anna Lennox Esselment. [Preview, Voilà]

McColl, Mary Ann, Atul Jaiswal and Lynn Roberts. 2017. « A Review of Federal Disability Policy in Canada. » 3rd ed. Canadian Disability Policy Alliance.

Spagnuolo, Natalie and Fady Shanouda. 2017. « Who Counts and Who is Counted? Conversations around Voting Access, and Divisions in the Disability Community. » Disability & Society 32, 5.

Levesque, Mario. 2016. « Searching for Persons with Disabilities in Canadian Provincial Office. » Canadian Journal of Disability Studies 5, 1.

van Hees, Suzanne G.M., Hennie R. Boeije and Iris de Putter. 2019. « Voting Barriers and Solutions: the Experiences of People With Disabilities During the Dutch National Election in 2017. » Forthcoming in Disability and Society. [Abstract, Voilà]

James, Elaine, Mark Harvey and Chris Hatton. 2018. « Participation of Adults With Learning Disabilities in the 2015 UK General Election. » [Abstract, Voilà]

Reher, Stefanie. 2018. « Mind This Gap, Too: Political Orientations of People with Disabilities in Europe. » Forthcoming in Political Behavior

Elections Canada. 2004. Electoral Insight –Persons with Disabilties and Elections