Help us improve the autistic voting experienceApril 29, 2021
Voting is one of our nation’s most fundamental rights and a hallmark of our democracy. It is important for all eligible voters to have a full and equal opportunity to cast their ballots, including those with disabilities who may need certain accommodations to do so.
For individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), in-person voting may present challenges. Autistic voters may encounter hurdles at local election sites that can discourage them. For example, crowded spaces, long lines and wait times, and sensory impacts from harsh lighting and loud noise levels can be especially difficult. Some people with autism do not communicate verbally but may use a family member to help them navigate and/or a device for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), which may be unfamiliar to others and questioned by poll workers.
We’re interested in learning more about the voting experiences and needs of autistic people. For example, are you aware of and have you utilized any voting accommodations that are provided in your state and county? If so, what have those voting accommodations been? Have you had unmet needs or been discouraged from exercising your right to vote?
If you are autistic, we invite you to share your story with us! Additionally, we welcome parents, guardians or other family members of those with ASD to participate. Even if you or your loved one is not currently eligible to vote, you can provide insight into how the individual with ASD would likely need to be supported to vote by anticipating accommodations that would be helpful.