Accommodating diversity for active participation in european elections
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It is crucial to take the deaf perspective into account before and during the election period and make it fully accessible for deaf voters through sign language or subtitling.Helga Stevens, member of the European Parliament, highlighted that the European Parliament in particular as well as its Committee meetings must become fully accessible for deaf persons for them to be able to make an informed choice during the elections.Accessibility to political participation is often understood as the removal of physical barriers while accessing voting stations and ballots, however deaf persons face different barriers: lack of sign language interpretation or subtitling before and during the elections also makes the political process inaccessible.The Study Group SOC/554 organised the event at the EESC to inform civil society about how the work is progressing and to hear opinions from relevant stakeholders regarding the barriers that they and their members encounter during the elections.The EUD participated in the public hearing to ensure that the deaf perspective is included by the Study Group SOC/554 and is integrated into their report.