And now it is in Australia: blind woman launches court action against coles over its website and that is just the beginning.
Should I be concerned?The Australian Government has endorsed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 for all government websites. Accessibility requirements for websites are mandated under government policy, legislation, and through whole-of-government commitments.
In November 2009, the Online and Communications Council (OCC) endorsed WCAG 2.0, requiring all Australian, state and territory government websites to conform to the guidelines to meet WCAG 2.0 Level A by December 2012. The Secretaries’ ICT Governance Board (SIGB) extended the requirement for Australian Government (Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997) (FMA Act) agencies to conform to WCAG 2.0 Level AA standard by December 2014.
The web accessibility of the online presence for the commercial as well as the private companies is also likely to be enforced very soon, as under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 agencies must ensure that people with disabilities have the same fundamental rights to access information and services as others in the community. Furthermore, in 2008, the Australian Government ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) , which specifically recognises that access to information, communications and services, including the internet, is a human right.
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