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Web Accessibility and the courts

  1. 1. Web Accessibility & the Law Nick Cowie @nickobec Perth Web Accessibility Camp 13 March 2013
  2. 2. I AM NOTA LAWYERis is not a substitute for for legal advice
  3. 3. http://pandora.nla.gov.au/nph-wb/20000110130000/http://www.olympics.com/eng/sports/index.html
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  5. 5. Australia 2000Maguire v. SOCOGDisability Discrimination Act 1992Section 24Goods, services and facilities(1) It is unlawful for a person who, whether forpayment or not, provides goods or services, ormakes facilities available, to discriminate againstanother person on the ground of the otherperson’s disability or a disability of any of thatother person’s associates: http://humanrights.gov.au/disability_rights/decisions/comdec/1999/dd000150.htm
  6. 6. United States of America 2002Access Now v. Southwest AirlinesAmericans with Disabilities Act of 1990website was a virtual construct and hence not a“public place of accommodation” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Access_Now_v._Southwest_Airlines
  7. 7. United States of America 2008National Federation of the Blindv. Target Corporation“websites like Target.com must be accessible to theblind under both California law and theAmericans with Disabilities Act” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Federation_of_the_Blind_v._Target_Corporation
  8. 8. Australia 2009Kerr v. Virgin Blue http://www.smh.com.au/travel/virgin-blue-in-court-over-website-20090119-7kc1.html
  9. 9. United States of America 2012National Association of the Deafv. Netflix“the Americans with Disabilities Act applies towebsite-only businesses” http://dredf.org/captioning/
  10. 10. Australia 2012King v. Jetstar AirlinesDisability Discrimination Act 1992Section 24(2)It is not unlawful discrimination if the provision ofthe services or the making available of the facilitieswould impose “unjustifiable hardship” on theperson.http://www.hwlebsworth.com.au/latest-news-a-publications/publications/transport/aviation/item/745-victory-for-low-cost-carrier-in-disabled-passenger-case-king-v-jetstar-airways-pty-limited-2012-fcafc-115.html
  11. 11. Canada 2012Jodhan v. CanadaCanadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms“Two systemic failures that underlie thegovernment’s failure to provide online services ina manner that is accessible to the visually impairedwere demonstrated in this case.” http://recueil.cmf.gc.ca/eng/2011/2010fc1197.html
  12. 12. Questions? http://n1c.it/pwac

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