PROJECT

Is Voting Important To You? If SO Why?

WE ARE A PARTNERSHIP
• The National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC for short) • Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered • The Arc of The United States • Portland State

University

MORE PARTNERS
• The RRTC on Aging with Developmental Disabilities at the University of Illinois • Moore Advocacy Consulting • Georgia Advocacy Office • University of Missouri at Kansas City Institute for Human Development

(UCEDD)

THE PROJECT VOTE! TOOL KIT
We started working together to educate people about voting in 2000; • We noticed that people with disabilities were not exercising their right to vote and we wanted everyone to vote, • Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation gave us a grant to develop the Project Vote! training.

EXAMPLE OF A PROJECT VOTE! DISCUSSION
What is your biggest Voting Question? How do I support someone to register without influencing them? What do I need to do if I have moved? How do I find out if I am registered? How do I know I am voting for the right person?

NATIONAL FOCUS ON VOTING
In 2002 The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) gave us a grant; through Help America Vote Act (HAVA) • To teach state self advocacy groups about voting so they have the power to lead the training.

ATTENTION! PARTNERSHIP NEEDED
We realized that self advocacy groups need partners in the community to help educate people about their voting rights; • We received funding to continue providing training and technical assistance to protection and advocacy (P&As) organizations across the country.

PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT VOTE TRAINING TOOL KIT
• Learn about voting issues • Give people tools so they become the trainers in their community • Build connections to increase voting participation with: • local/state agencies, • self-advocates, • family members, • elected officials, • and legislatures.

WEB-BASED LEARNING
Developed and field tested by P&As and self advocacy groups for the govoter.org website; • A template has been developed for web based Project Vote training. • This template is available for any state P&A to create state specific webbased voter education training.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Two P&As received web-based training: • Made the information state specific to their voting requirements, • Strengthened their relationship with people with disabilities, • They learned the Project Vote! training toolkit, • They built an outreach plan to increase voting.

INCREASE USE of www.govoter.org
Three people were recruited to evaluate the on-line information system for P&As and people with cognitive disabilities; • Accessible information about voting rights, • How guardianship effects voting, • ID laws, • Voting machines / DRE (DirectReporting-Electronic) • Voter registration, • Direct links to state specific voter information.

GETTING THE WORD OUT
NTAC information and products; • To P&As, • Self-advocacy organizations, • Other audiences • Through NTAC partner listservs, • NTAC's www.govoter.org website, • National and regional disability conferences, • SABE’s newsletter.

OUR IMPACT ON VOTING
Careful evaluation of NTAC: • Promoting HAVA (Help America Vote Act), • Measuring: • How many self advocates trained, • How many P&As trained, • Increase of participation of voting by citizens with disabilities, • Share information about voting and cognitive access.