Tips for an accessible caucus

David Lord and Betty Schwieterman
Public Policy Director and Director of Systems Advocacy
  1. Plan to make your caucus accessible for all voters, including voters with disabilities.
  2. Choose a caucus site which is physically accessible to people with disabilities and has a path of travel from the parking lot to the entrance that is clear of barriers.
  3. Choose a site accessible by public transportation, if available in the area. Offer assistance to arrange rides to and from the caucus.
  4. Include in the notice of the caucus an offer to provide materials in alternate format, such as computer disk, large print or audio tape, so that they shall be accessible to all persons who are blind or have other disabilities.
  5. Include in the event notice an offer to provide accommodation for disability, contact information for obtaining the accommodation, and that said accommodations shall be provided where reasonable.
  6. Offer sign language interpreters, assistive listening equipment, and other accommodations necessary so that persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may fully participate in the event.
  7. Use clear signage to indicate the entrance, restroom facilities and parking areas. Post volunteers in key positions to give directions.
  8. Always use a microphone or other method to amplify speech.
  9. Set up the room for the caucus with plenty of space for wheelchair access.
  10. Use respectful language in referring to people with disabilities in party communications, avoiding antiquated terms such as “wheelchair-bound” and stereotyping references to people with psychiatric, intellectual, and other disabilities.
  11. Eliminate other barriers to access to people with disabilities when identified.
  12. Consult persons with disabilities who are knowledgeable in eliminating barriers to access, who may provide necessary training to party staff and volunteers.