The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on the article “Political engagement in the 2019 UK general election of patients with autism and/or a learning disability detained in a psychiatric hospital”.
This paper considers the wider issue of political participation by persons with disabilities, especially those whose freedom is restricted.
Access to voting rights remains problematic for many disabled people. It is crucial that this basic form of political participation is ensured, but there is further to go.
This paper suggests the need for greater attention to and support for disabled peoples’ right to political participation, including people with learning disabilities and autism.
Waltz, M. (2021), "Commentary on “Political engagement in the 2019 UK general election of patients with autism and/or a learning disability detained in a psychiatric hospital”", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 87-89. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-12-2020-0038
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