Accessibility

Issues related to accessibility and individuals with disabilities.

Accessible Voting Technology Initiative

April 24, 2013
Daniel Castro is interviewed by BFM on the Accessible Voting Technology Initiative.

With poling day approaching very soon, many still are unregistered and some who are registered may not even be able to attend. Citizens that are dealing with disabilities face a variety of barriers to cast their vote. Daniel Castro, Senior Analyst for Information Technology & Innovation Foundation speaks to BFM radio about the Accessible Voting Technology Initiative.

50 Ideas for More Accessible Elections

October 31, 2012
| Reports

This report highlights fifty ideas, both big and small, to improve the accessibility of elections. Some of these ideas have already been implemented in a few elections and represent emerging best practices; others are still in the early design phase. These ideas can help spur others to continue to innovate and pursue new ways of making elections more accessible for all Americans.

ITIF Releases “50 Ideas to Make Voting More Accessible”

WASHINGTON (October 31, 2012) - The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) today released a report detailing fifty actionable ideas to make voting more accessible for all Americans, including voters with disabilities. Read more »

Beta Release of Voter Information Guide® Android Mobile App to Help Make Election Information Accessible for Voters with Disabilities

WASHINGTON (October 18, 2012) – A project funded as part of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’s (ITIF) Accessible Voting Technology Initiative announced the release of a beta version of its "no-cost-to-the-user" Voter Information Guide® (VIG). VIG is being developed by Apps4Android, Inc. and is being funded by ITIF through a grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. The purpose of this grant is to support the development of technologies that will increase the accessibility of elections for all voters. Read more »

Access Board Meeting on Voting Accessibility

September 10, 2012
| Presentations

ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro will present on current research to make voting more accessible at the September meeting of the Access Board. This event is open to the public.

Making Voting More Accessible for Veterans with Disabilities

July 24, 2012 - 9:30am - 11:00am
Russell Senate Office Building
Constitution Avenue and 1st Street NE
Room 188
Washington
District of Columbia
20001

More than 40,000 American military personnel have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many of these Americans are undergoing lengthy recovery and rehabilitation treatments at hospitals far from home. Many barriers exist that may prevent these Americans from registering and voting in elections. Read more »

Making Voting More Accessible for Veterans with Disabilities

July 24, 2012
ITIF and its research partners will share the conclusions from a set of studies that outline the problems as well as technical and policy recommendations to make voting more accessible.

More than 40,000 American military personnel have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many of these Americans are undergoing lengthy recovery and rehabilitation treatments at hospitals far from home. Many barriers exist that may prevent these Americans from registering and voting in elections. Fortunately, if done right, technology can facilitate voting for these Americans and others who face barriers to participating in the electoral process. Sen. Read more »

Making Voting More Accessible for Veterans with Disabilities

July 24, 2012
| Reports

More than 40,000 American military personnel have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many of these Americans are undergoing lengthy recovery and rehabilitation treatments at hospitals far from home. Many barriers exist that may prevent these Americans from registering and voting in elections. Fortunately, improvements in technology and support services can make voting more accessible for these Americans and others who face barriers to participating in the electoral process. This report outlines the scope of the problem and lays out a number of technical and policy recommendations to make voting more accessible for veterans who have been injured while serving their country.

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Report Lays Out Array of Options to Ensure Disabled Veterans Can Vote

WASHINGTON - Better use of technology and support services could make voting more accessible for the more than 49,000 Americans injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Read more »

After illness, transportation is the most frequently cited barrier to voting for people with disabilities, reported by approximately 25% of respondents in a national survey.

States should provide electronic ballot delivery to all voters. Electronic ballot delivery allows voters to use a computer to download, complete and print their absentee ballots. This eliminates the costs of mailing out ballots to voters and allows individuals with disabilities to use the assistive technology on their computers to complete the ballot. Voters do not send completed ballots over the Internet, so the security risks are no greater than other vote-by-mail systems. Read more »

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