As a result of advocacy by Young Voices, the JP Nagar branch of the Indian Overseas Bank in Bangalore has agreed to adapt its premises. This will enable disabled account holders to conduct their business without any difficulties.
Thanks to advocacy by a Young Voices campaigner in Mukono, Uganda, the Nkokonieru Teacher Training College has constructed ramps in its administration block. Construction will follow in other blocks soon.
Although people with disabilities are entitled to vote, in practice there were barriers to full participation. Young Voices filed a petition to the high court of Jharkhand which resulted in the court directing the election commissioner to make the process accessible including providing ramps, Braille marking on voting materials and other assistance.
Mobility and lack of access was the focus of a government-sponsored forum on accessibility. Young Voices from Selangor and Sabah participated and worked with other organisations to explore issues around public transport, built environments and campaigning.
During the last general election campaign, India’s Young Voices met with the country’s Election Commission to highlight the need for making the voting process fully accessible. Their campaign was covered on television to reach as many people as possible.