How to Make Disability Votes Count - COSP19 Side event

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 08:15
1h15 (one hour and fifteen minutes)
Conference Room 6

Political participation of persons with disabilities means more than just installing a wheelchair ramp at polling stations. This event aims to progress understanding of participation and representation of persons with disabilities in political and public life. It shares examples of good practice from the EU and Ireland. Access to voting:

  • The EU - how many persons with disabilities are currently denied the right to vote? What progress have we seen in the May 2019 EU elections? - The EESC & the EDF
  • Making Disability Votes Count: Mainstreaming disability into candidates’ campaigns - #DisabilityVotesCounts & Disable Inequality – DFI
  • Representation and participation: Cross-political and non-governmental collaboration – experiences from Ireland’s Oireachtas Disability Group – Chair, Senator John Dolan - Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament - EDF

Organised by Disability Federation Ireland


  • Marie Zvolská, European Economic & Social Committee (EESC) group on Disability Rights
  • Yannis Vardakastanis, European Disability Forum (EDF)
  • Fiona O'Donovan, Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI)
  • Senator John Dolan, Oireachtas Disability Group (ODG)

Will be livecast