An icon with a white wheelchair on a blue background.

Accessibility means a place that a person is able to enter. Accessible also means information that people can understand.

A man in glasses speaks into a megaphone.

Someone helps you and speaks up for you to:
- Say what you want to say
- And make things happen.

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A photograph of an election ballot with candidates.

A ballot is a system used to cast votes in an election and may be found as a piece of paper or a small ball used in secret voting.

A yellow fence with a stop sign in front of it.

Something that stops us doing something.

A pen and a calculator sit on top of a piece of paper that looks like a budget.

A budget is the money that the government is given to pay for public services.

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A way to tell people about something important. Or to try to change something, for example a policy or the way people think.


A person who stands for an election.


Groups of people living in the same place or that share something in common.

An icon of a constitution being signed by a quill pen.

The constitution of a country (or a state) is a special type of law document that tells how its government is supposed to work.


An agreement between different countries.

A person sits at a desk in a courtroom. In the background, there is a court building.

A court, in law, is a part of the government in which people come together to decide how to apply the country's laws to a specific situation, especially when there is an argument over how to apply the law.

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A meeting where people talk about their different opinions until they agree what to do.


Democracy means rule by the people.

Digital rights

Digital rights are the rights of people regarding what they can do with their computer. There are many cases that need special thought related to digital rights, such as the right to have data accessible to a few people (privacy) and freedom of expression. Very often the word is used when referring to computer networks such as the Internet.


Being treated unfairly or badly because of your sex, race, religion, disability or sexual identity.

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A woman issues her vote by placing a ballot into a box at a polling place

An election is a way people can choose their candidate or their preferences in a representative democracy or other form of government.

Electoral Commission

The organization that checks that political parties follow the rules. They check that elections are run properly.

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A meeting where everyone can speak and share ideas.

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A government makes laws and policies It is responsible for many issues, including health, education, employment, and transportation.

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Human Rights

Rights that every person has. For example the right to be alive and the right to get an education.

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Inclusion means everyone can take part and everyone has a fair chance.


Information is about being told things that you need to know.

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The scales of justice and a judge's gavel on an office desk with a bookshelf in the background.

In the law, the judiciary or judicial system is the system of courts that administers justice in the name of the sovereign or state. A judicial system is used to resolve disputes.

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Law is a set of rules decided by a particular place or authority meant for the purpose of keeping the peace and security of society.

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A manifesto is the name for a written document that group uses to tell everyone:
- What is stands for
- What it wants to happen


A municipality is a word used for a city, a town or a village, or a small group of them. It has a clearly defined territory, and all the people living on that territory share one common local government.

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Participation means being involved and:
- a say in how services are run
- Being listened to
- Making choices about things that affect you

A parliament building with to members of parliament debating a policy issue in front of an audience of other members of parliament.

The parliament consists of a group of people who vote for new laws, for example in a state or country.


Written documents that say the rules about how things are done.

Political Party

A political party is a group who agree how to make life better for people. They come together and have a candidate for an election.

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Reasonable Accomodation

Making things easier so people with disabilities can be included.

Reasonable means making things:
- too difficult
- Not too expensive
Accommodation means changing:
- How we do things
- How we build things
- How we plan things
- How we behave


Rights are things you are allowed to do or have. Rights tell us how we should be treated.

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United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities says that persons with disabilities have the same rights as everyone else. It says what the government should do to make sure persons with disabilities have the same rights as other people.

A view of the Earth from space.

Universal means for everyone, everywhere

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A person walks their ballot over to a box to submit their vote in an election.

Voting is when a group of people decide something by saying what they want. It can be for electing a leader or representative, passing a law, and other things. When people are done voting, the votes are counted and the winner is determined.

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