WEBSITE ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED UNDER UNITED KINGDOM LAW

Employment tribunals and courts in the United Kingdom have held Website operators liable for disability discrimination with regards to accessibility to such Websites. A court is empowered to order compliance with United Kingdom (UK) or World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards and can award damages to victims. The U.K. Equality and Human Rights Commission also enforces Website accessibility requirements.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What types of impairments does DDA protect?
What Websites are in compliance with the DDA provisions?
What does European law mandate regarding accessibility of Websites?
What remedies are available for the disabled who face impeded access to Websites?
In addition to the judicial oversight, is there administrative enforcement of the relevant laws?

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