INTERNET LAW - 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.
Websites in U.K. are required to meet accessibility standards under Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA). The Disability Discrimination Act 2005, amending the 1995 Act, introduced a Disability Equality Duty (DED) for providers of public Websites. Information technology (IT) systems are example of services to which DED applies.