The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) provides in Article 29 for the right of all persons with disabilities to participate in political and public life on an equal basis with others. In particular it requires that voting processes, facilities and materials be accessible to persons with disabilities, and promotes their participation in NGOs and associations concerned with the public and political life of the country, in political parties (including as candidates), and in the formation and membership of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) at international, national, regional and local levels.
Through exercising these rights, persons with disabilities can assert their freedom to make their own choices and to participate as agents for change. They can have a voice to raise issues that are important to them and seek to make their views known at local, national and international levels, including advocating for disability inclusion across all sectors of national development.
Resources in this section include position papers, case studies and practical guidance on how to support the achievement of this right.
See also: Participation of persons with disabilities, Law and justice