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Seminar "Reaching voters with disabilities", 2 December 2013, Dublin

This seminar is particularly aimed at those who will be responsible for getting messages to voters, through election materials, websites, social media, political broadcasts and other communication tools. These would include national and local directors of election, communication staff, social media and website managers, and those responsible for commissioning printed materials such as fliers, canvass cards, election addresses and posters, as well as candidates.

The seminar will equip your party with the know-how to ensure your materials and messages can be accessed by the one in seven voters who has a disability. It will give you the tools for disability-friendly communication.

Event details

Date: Monday, 2nd December 2013
Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Venue: European Parliament Information Office, 43 Molesworth St, Dublin 2

The target audience for this event includes:

  • Political party staff – election planners, communications staff, social media staff
  • Election candidates – particularly for May 2014 local or European elections
  • Political party members – Directors of Election, equality officers, communications officers
  • Voters with disabilities, campaigners or NGO staff, advocates


  • 10.00 am Welcome: Francis Jacobs, Head of European Parliament Information Office in Ireland
  • 10.05 am Opening: Senator Martin Conway, Fine Gael
  • 10.15 am Election Planning and print materials: Eithne Fitzgerald, National Disability Authority
  • 11.00 am Social medial and online communications – accessibility for all: Alan Dalton, National Disability Authority
  • 11.30 am Broadcast TV/video – reaching the widest audience: Donal Rice, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, NDA
  • 12.00 noon Round Table discussion with NGO representatives: DeafHear, Inclusion Ireland, National Council for the Blind of Ireland


Francis Jacobs, Eithne Fitzgerald, Senator Martin Conway, Donal Rice

Alan Dalton, Francis Jacobs