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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Avoid outdated terms and negative terminology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Avoid outdated termsand negative terminology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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