Opinion Opinion and Voice Research into disabled women and politics Read more about the two-day conference on our news page. Here are a few of the findings from the events, from individual disabled women who all experienced barriers when trying to either become politically active, or simply take part in civic life. Lack of ‘connections’ who value disabled women’s contributions and enable them to get into the spaces where they can have a voice Barriers to attending or contributing to political meetings. For example: the lack of budget for British Sign Language interpreters or other communication support Meetings not fully accessible, held too far away or not near public transport stops Organisers not understanding how to make meetings inclusive Lack of confidence to assert themselves Being isolated Attitudes and assumptions Expectation of getting involved in potentially inaccessible activities to gain experience in political groups and prove commitment Following on from the conference, we produced a Route to Representation booklet. The first half is for disabled women wanting to become more politically active, and the second is for organisations wanting to be more inclusive to disabled women. You can download Route to Representation.