On Friday, June 7, 2024, Disability Votes Count in Local and EU Elections

Every five years, citizens choose political representatives to represent them in the European Parliament and local government. This year’s local and European elections are scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2024. Encouraging people with disabilities to exercise their right to vote is crucial.
Elections are a great way to promote diversity and inclusivity. In local and European decision-making, the voice of people with disabilities is a genuine voice that needs to be heard and taken into consideration.

In the wake of the European election on Friday, June 7,2024, the spotlight shines brightly on important issues affecting individuals with disabilities. at the forefront of these concerns are the pivotal topics of housing accessibility and employment opportunities, impacting the lives of people with disabilities.

Housing Accessibility for People with Disabilities: Highliting The Importance of Inclusive Housing Policies

With a strong commitment to a human rights-based approach, BCIl advocates for policies that prioritize accessible housing options. This includes features such as wheelchair ramps, widwnwd doorways, and accessible amneties. By advocating for universal design principles and addressing barriers to housing accessibility, BCIl aims to foster environments where individuals with disabilities can live independently and participate fully in their communities.

Employment Opportunities: Breaking Down Barriers

Another issue is the employment prospects for persons with disabilities. Despite progress in recent years, individuals with disabilities still face significant obstacles when seeking employment. BCIL emphasizes the importance of dismantling these barriers and promoting inclusive hiring practices. This involves raising awareness among employers, providing support services for job seekers with disabilities, and implementing policies that ensures equal access to emplyment opportunities.

BCIL’s Manifesto on the European Elections 2024 

The upcoming 2024 European Parliament elections present an opportunity to advance toward a Union of Equality for individuals with disabilities, guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). As a political representative in Europe.We call upon all candidates vying for seats in the European Parliament to pledge their support, take action, and address the disparities faced by persons with disabilities.

MS Ireland has introduced the “Your Vote MatterS 2024” guide, tailored specifically for the MS community. This resource provides essential information about elections, voting, and accessibility