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This is a archived version of the DMAG website, but the information remains for reference. Please visit the new website for updated information.
Resources on Web Accessibility and Legislation
These are written by Martin Sloan, a Solicitor with Edinburgh law firm Brodies. Martin is an expert on the application of the UK's Disability Discrimination Act to web sites, having presented, as a student at Glasgow University, the first in-depth analysis of the legislation might apply to a web site with accessibility barriers.
- Web Accessibility and the Disability Discrimination Act
- An article on UK disability legislation and its application to Web design - essential reading for all web designers and content providers.
- Web Accessibility and the DDA Code of Practice
- A revised version of the Code of Practice for the UK's Disability Discrimination Act was published in February 2002. This article outlines the implications for web accessibility.
Other Useful Web sites
These links lead to pages on other web sites.
- Martin Sloan: Web Accessibility and the Law Links
- a comrehensive and up-to-date list of links relating to legislative issues and web accessibility.
- Disability Rights Commission - UK Law
- Information provided by the UK's Disability Rights Commission on the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
- Section 508: The Road to Accessibility
- Find out about Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of the USA - legislation specifically dealing with accessibility of technology, including Web sites.
- International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI)
- Among many other subjects, ICDRI provides further information on legislative issues and accessibility of Internet resources.
- Maguire v Sydney Olympics Organising Committee - Official Ruling
- A landmark ruling took place in Autumn 2000, when the Sydney Olympics Organising Committee (SOCOG) was found to be in breach of Australia's Disability Discriminatation Act, as the official site of the Sydney Olympics was not accessible to blind people using screen reading technology. Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission dismissed the arguments in defence presented by SOCOG and IBM, the providers of the web site, who argued that it would be excessively expensive to retro-fit the site to remove the accessibility barriers preventing blind people from accessing information on the site.
- W3C Policy Links
- The World Wide Web Consortium's list of links to policies relating to disability and technology around the world.
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