Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Big Victory for Website Accessibility in Canada

Supreme Court of CanadaImage via WikipediaA massive win for those with vision disabilities in Canada, as Donna Jodhan, a special needs consultant who is blind, took the Canadian Federal government, and their "inaccessible" web sites and services, to court and won: see our previous article on this.

It was a constitutional challenge which has now put the Federal government in the position of having 15 months to make its websites accessible to visually impaired users: an unenviable and expensive task given the size of their web presence, but they only have themselves to blame, they should have started this years ago.

Here's a link to the 83 page decision now available on CanLII, Jodhan v. Canada (Attorney General), 2010 FC 1197.

I can't help but think that this will filter down to other jurisdictions in Canada, quickly, and that Ontario's Information and Communications Standard, when finally packaged and ready to file as a regulation in 2011, will have a more progressive compliance date.