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The Catskill Center for Independence Project HAVA presents… Working with Voters with Disabilities.  Catskill Center for Independence 2008. Interacting with people…not disabilities. Use Person First Language Person with a disability; person who uses a wheelchair; person who is blind.

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the catskill center for independence project hava presents working with voters with disabilities
The Catskill Center for IndependenceProject HAVA presents…Working with Voters with Disabilities

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interacting with people not disabilities
Interacting with people…not disabilities.
  • Use Person First Language
    • Person with a disability; person who uses a wheelchair; person who is blind.
  • This affirms the individual and confers respect.

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avoid outdated terms and negative terminology
Do Not Say:

handicapped

victim

sufferer

invalid.

-Instead Say:

Person with a disability

Cancer survivor

Person with AIDS

Person who uses a wheelchair

Avoid outdated termsand negative terminology

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hava s disability access requirements for voting systems
HAVA’s Disability Access Requirements for Voting Systems.
  • Accessible voting systems used in federal elections.
  • At least one accessible system for each polling place.
  • Same opportunity for access and participation as other voters –a private and independent vote.
how voters vote
How Voters Vote
  • Anyone can use the accessible voting system or ballot marking device (BMD).
  • How a person chooses to vote is up to the person, not the poll workers.
  • Dissuading a voter from using a BMD is discriminatory.
voting is a civil right discrimination is illegal
Voting is a Civil Right; Discrimination is Illegal
  • Without knowing it, poll workers can inadvertently be violating a persons civil rights by the questions they ask.
  • Asking a voter what type of disability they have is unnecessary and illegal.
hava s voting information requirements
HAVA’s Voting Information Requirements
  • Specific information posted at each polling site to include:
    • Sample ballot
    • Hours of operation for polls
    • Voting instructions, including how to cast a provisional ballot
    • Instructions for first time voters
    • Applicable Federal and State laws
accessible vs handicapped
Accessible vs. Handicapped

Accessible is an empowering word.

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not so politically correct
Not So Politically Correct
  • Don’t Use:
    • Physically challenged
    • Mentally challenged
    • Differently-abled
  • People with disabilities do not like these terms.

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in the vernacular
In the Vernacular
  • Using common everyday language is perfectly fine. For example saying:
    • “See you later” to someone who is blind or
    • “I hear that!” to someone who is deaf is part of normal speech.
    • Relax , converse normally, use some sensitivity.

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speak directly to the person
Speak directly to the person
  • When interacting with an individual with a disability who is accompanied by an interpreter or assistant, speak directly to that person, NOT their assistant.

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habits of speech
Habits of Speech
  • Some people who are blind can hear perfectly well – no need to shout!
  • Some people who are deaf cannot hear perfectly well – no need to shout!

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more on communication
More on Communication
  • Lip readers need to see lips: face the person, don’t turn away, don’t over exaggerate mouth movements.
    • ASL interpreters are not required at polling sites; paper and pencil would suffice for communicating.

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a person s equipment is part of their personal space
A Person’s Equipment is Part of Their Personal Space
  • Never lean on someone’s wheelchair or move it without permission.
  • Sit down next to individual who uses a wheelchair; this allows a comfortable and relaxed exchange.

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when in doubt ask
When in doubt…ask!
  • If you are not sure how to assist a person with a disability,
    • Ask that individual how best to help.
    • Allow the person to direct you.
    • Respect their answer even if it is a refusal.
other considerations things to think about
Other Considerations & Things to Think About
  • Service Animals
  • Alternate Accessible Formats
  • Policy Modifications

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service animals
Service Animals :
  • Are allowed in polling places.
  • Should not be distracted from their work.
  • Are NOT pets; they are working animals.

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service animals continued
Service Animals Continued:
  • Can be other animals besides dogs.

- Miniature ponies

  • No proof required; no special license needed.
alternative accessible formats
Alternative Accessible Formats
  • Material provided to the public must be provided in alternative accessible format. It is the law.
  • Examples: large print, audio, Braille, electronic (CD/disk).
  • Types of documents: registration forms, sample ballots, provisional ballots, & more.

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policy modifications
Policy Modifications
  • May be permanent
    • responding to call button, maintaining clear path of travel
  • or temporary
    • portable ramps, cones for parking, signage

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physical access of polling sites

Physical Access of Polling Sites

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priorities for accessible voting
Priorities for accessible voting
  • Getting to the polling place
  • Entering the polling place
  • Using the polling place

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parking
Parking

Two 8’ wide designated accessible parking spaces can share one 8’ wide access aisle.

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exterior accessible route
Exterior Accessible Route:

Must connect accessible parking to accessible entrance and be a minimum of 36” wide.

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signage
Signage

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barriers
Barriers

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entrance
Entrance

A minimum clear width of 32” is required for the doorway at the accessible entrance.

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accessible door hardware
Accessible Door Hardware

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latch side clearance
Latch Side Clearance:

Allows voter in a wheelchair or other mobility device to pull the door open and then enter; 18“ minimum required, 24” preferred.

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interior accessible route
Interior Accessible Route

By placing a large planter under the wall mounted object as a detectable warning, this man could avoid an accident.

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voting area
Voting Area

Maintain a 36” wide clear path of travel throughout voting area.

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additional barriers in the voting area
Additional Barriers in the Voting Area:
  • Chairs
  • Lines
  • Bake sales/dinners/craft fairs

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tips for barrier free voting
Tips for Barrier-free Voting:
  • Provide accessible parking
  • Maintain 36” path of travel through out polling site
  • Provide signage indicating accessible route
  • Make certain bake sales/other events do not impede anyone’s ability to vote on election day!

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for more information contact project hava at

For More InformationContact Project HAVA at:

The Catskill Center for Independence

[email protected]

1-888-NYS-HAVA

1-888-697-4282

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the catskill center for independence project hava thank you for remembering
The Catskill Center for Independence & Project HAVA thank you for remembering…

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