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I Can Vote: Voters with disability and the 2018 Victorian State Election

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Inclusion Melbourne has joined an apolitical team of partner organisations, including Scope, La Trobe University, Channel 31, Information Access Group, and TAC to launch a world-first project called I Can Vote.

Voters with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, acquired brain injury, and low literacy regularly struggle to access political information in the lead up to elections. I Can Vote offers every candidate for the 2018 Victorian State Election the opportunity to have an easy language policy script created and a short captioned professional video produced for less than $500 using an automated online portal. Voters will then be able to quickly and easily select their electorate on the portal and watch the videos side by side so they can be ready for election day. This project has been co-designed with self-advocates with intellectual disability and has been in planning for two years.

Please find attached a fact sheet for political candidates to learn more.

Check out www.icanvote.org.au to view the first phase website and voting resources, including videos produced with our project champions: Danielle Green (ALP), David Southwick (Lib), Fiona Patten (Reason), Gabrielle Williams (ALP), Sam Hibbins (Greens), Tim Bull (Nationals), Suzanna Sheed (Ind), and Rachel Carling-Jenkins (Ind). The site also includes a range of resources help supporters and carers prepare people with intellectual disability for the election.

Candidates can visit www.icanvote.org.au/candidate to login. 

Nathan DespottManager, Inclusion Designlab


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