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What are the challenges that prevent persons with disabilities to participate in politics?

Persons with disabilities are usually left out of politics and leadership but we know they are valuable contributors to the economy as stated in this article The role of the disability movement in peace and conflict resolution must be strengthened ( What challenges could be preventing us to participate in leadership and how can we present ourselves as worthy competitors for political participation?


  • Super important topic this month, thank you for bringing this up, @Faith_EnableMe ! Am excited to see the responses.

  • BKiwuBKiwu ke ✭✭✭

    Stigma, bad attitudes and systematic discrimination of persons with disabilities are some of the challenges facing persons with disabilities.

    Stigma which prevents persons with disabilities from taking interest in leadership and politics.

    Bad attitude which is basically looking at persons with disabilities as burdens and unwanted in the field of politics and leadership and emphasising on their limitations rather than their capabilities.

    Systemic discrimination comes from repeated failure by concerned institutions and individuals to address barriers preventing the full participation of persons with disabilities in politics and leadership.

    Leadership is all about guidance and solutions to problems affecting the masses. To be worthy competitors, persons with disabilities must rise to the challenge and provide solutions to problems affecting people as well as being articulate and vocal about disability issues as well.

    That way they gain trust and support necessary to succeed in politics and leadership.

    The article above illustrates the point made.

  • Most of us aren't given the chance to voice, probably because of greed or just mentality that " she/he might not be as expressive"

    Providing safe spaces is almost non existent.

    So we tend to hide or lack confidence for such a role.

  • verogakioverogakio ke ✭✭✭

    I believe people with disabilities are not given a chance to express themselves politically. They are not accommodated well to enable them to feel comfortable or confident enough to via for any seats

  • Societal biases that goe back years and years. In most peoples eyes, disabled people are not “complete” let alone being equal citizens. It is therefore unlikely that a disabled person without any influence or status would be taken seriously in politics and leadership. There is also the long running stereotype that disabled people cannot be at par with abled bodied people intellectually. By virtue of having a disability, even those that have no impact to ones intellectual abilities, it is automatically assumed that all disabled people cannot function on the same level and this informs the power of discrimination where disabled people are gauged not by merit or productivity, but only by what makes them different.

  • verogakioverogakio ke ✭✭✭

    Persons with disabilities experience multiple legal, institutional, communicational and social barriers to exercise their rights; barriers that prevent them from voting, from standing for election for public office, from exercising their civic participation, or simply from having a say in their own lives.  Their legal capacity is often denied or restricted on the basis of having a medical condition or impairment, having made a decision perceived as poor, or being perceived as having deficient decision-making skills.

  • verogakioverogakio ke ✭✭✭

    People with disabilities who do manage to register to vote may find further barriers at the polling place. With votes being cast in a variety of public places, from schools to church  townhalls, its a requirement that voting facilities be accessible is not always honored. A lack of accessible parking spaces may also be an issue. 

  • verogakioverogakio ke ✭✭✭

    Accommodations should be available to people with disabilities at their local polling place, including accessible voting machines for the visually impaired, sign-language interpreters for the hearing impaired, a chair for those who may have trouble standing in long lines, or help inside the voting booth for those who request it. Service animals should also be allowed. Ideally, poll workers would be trained to offer and allow these accommodations. If they are not available, people with disabilities may find it difficult or impossible to vote.

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