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Commentary on “Political engagement in the 2019 UK general election of patients with autism and/or a learning disability detained in a psychiatric hospital”

Commentary on “Political engagement in the 2019 UK general election of patients with autism... 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”.Design/methodology/approachThis paper considers the wider issue of political participation by persons with disabilities, especially those whose freedom is restricted.FindingsAccess 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.Originality/valueThis paper suggests the need for greater attention to and support for disabled peoples’ right to political participation, including people with learning disabilities and autism. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tizard Learning Disability Review Emerald Publishing

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 , Volume 26 (2): 3 – Jul 6, 2021

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1359-5474
eISSN
1359-5474
DOI
10.1108/tldr-12-2020-0038
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Abstract

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”.Design/methodology/approachThis paper considers the wider issue of political participation by persons with disabilities, especially those whose freedom is restricted.FindingsAccess 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.Originality/valueThis paper suggests the need for greater attention to and support for disabled peoples’ right to political participation, including people with learning disabilities and autism.

Journal

Tizard Learning Disability ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 6, 2021

Keywords: Autism; Learning disabilities; Mental Health Act; Mental health problems; Voting; General election

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