Campaigns and activities
The Swedish tax authority, who is responsible for the preparation and carrying out of elections, provide VI with voting papers in Braille and print. On those voting papers the name of each political party is written. This way VI can identify the party they want to vote for and bring the right voting paper with them to the place where the elections are undertaken.
In Sweden it is also possible to reject or mark one or more persons from a particular party from the voting paper. This possibility is however not accessible to VI. Now and then we have advocated towards the tax authority to make this procedure accessible but so far no positive change is there. The tax authorities say that there for the moment is no safe procedure for making this accessible. We have, lately, seen a tendency that the tax authorities in some cases do not provide voting papers in Braille. This was the case in 2011 when the elections were repeated in two cities.
In principle yes. Still as mentioned above information is not made accessible if you yourself do not make officials and others aware of your needs. If you have a computer with screen reading systems you could get written information from parties, unions and NGO-s in order to participate in their work. you have to describe to them how this has to be done for you which in turn means that you yourself have to know how, something that is not required for persons who can see.
Another problem that we have seen in the past is that the transport system for persons with disabilities some times are to inflexible to make it possible for VI to fulfil their duties in parties, trade unions and other NGO-s. By this we mean that the transport system will not make sure that you could arrive to meetings in due time or the time that you wish in order to fulfil your missions.
In principle yes, see above about accessible information etc for more details.