"As an ex ante duty, accessibility must be built into systems and processes without regard to the need of a particular person with a disability, for example, to have access to a building, a service or a product, on an equal basis with others. States parties must set accessibility standards that are developed and adopted in consultation with organizations of persons with disabilities, consistent with article 4 (3) of the Convention. The duty of accessibility is a proactive, systemic duty."
DocumentUN (CRPD): General Comment No. 6 on Equality and Non-discrimination, para. 24.a
- Voting procedures, facilities, and materials should be appropriate, accessible, and easy to use for persons with disabilities.
- Specific measures aimed at ensuring de facto equality for persons with disabilities should not be considered discriminatory.
- Everyone has the right of equal access to any place or service intended for public use.
- Accommodation to vote should be made for voters with special needs, including persons with disabilities.
- Measures to support participation by persons with disabilities should be developped in consultation with the civil society, including disabled persons organizations.
- States are obliged to ensure that all new infrastructure, materials, communication and services intended for public use are accessible for all and comply with universal design requirements.