I wish the world can view disability, mental, or physically challenge not as a hindrance but as unique attributes that can be powerful assets if given the right opportunities. It is noted that two out of three people who suffer from disabilities do not vote. They are essentially governed by an administration set up by the people who consider themselves as physically fit. So what becomes of the people who do not have an opportunity to partake in the setting up of an administration that governs the whole community made up of both the incapacitated and capacitance?
The local nonprofit ProAct Incorporated is one organization working to encourage disabled citizens to engage in politics. Recently, the students of the ProAct Play House did their research and wrote a play titled “Get Me To The Polls On Time” which uses humor to motivate disabled voters and explores ideas for a better way to get their peers to the polls.
People with disabilities face some challenges in the process of partaking in the decision making of their countries which ranges from transportation to the poll to understanding some rights. According to one of the students involved, Eric Ferguson:
“There’s millions and millions of people with disabilities who don’t vote and a lot of people in our class have never voted, So we thought it would be good opportunity to educate them about voting, while also making an advocacy piece that touches on the challenges that people with disabilities face. What I’m really hoping, especially in the state of Wisconsin, that people realize, ‘Hey, suppressing the vote is no joke. Stop the voter id laws.”
See more information about the play at this article on the local FOX 9.