Resources for Voters with Disabilities

Voting is one of the most important things that you can do as a citizen. Being disabled should not prevent you from voting. If you are a registered voter, it is your responsibility and privilege to vote.  


Many people believe that having a disability may prevent them from voting. They may fear that there will not be access to the voting booths or that the booths are too high to use from a wheelchair. People may feel as if they do not have transportation to get to the voting areas because of their disability. Some may just feel that help will not be available in the way that they need.  


The truth is, all of these assumptions are wrong. There are many resources and organizations in place that are designed to specifically help those with a disability exercise their right to vote.  


The government and many organizations have worked very hard to make sure that access to voting for anyone with any type of disability is possible. Through laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), there are countless resources that you can use to make sure that you have the ability to vote.  


Transportation, special booths, physical assistance and even someone that can read the ballots to you so that you can vote are all available. These services are available to anyone who has a disability and wants to vote.  


As an additional bonus, nearly all of these organizations also have other programs available to help those with disabilities in other areas of their lives. These programs are designed to improve the quality of life for those who have become disabled. Make sure to check back with these organizations after the election to see if there are other programs being offered that may help you and your loved ones with a disability.


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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).