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Web Accessibility Policy Making: An International Perspective (Revised Edition 2012)

Date: January 2012

Language: English

Author: Nirmita Narasimhan

Publisher: G3ict, The Centre for Internet and Society, The Hans Foundation

Format: PDF

Size: 354 KB

Pages: 74

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This is the third edition of the Web Accessibility Policy Making: An International Perspective (Revised Edition 2012) white paper jointly researched by G3ict, The Centre for Internet & Society and The Hans Foundation. Editor: Nirmita Narasimhan, Revised edition: January 2012

In 2009, G3ict published a comparative review of the web and electronic accessibility policies of 14 countries and the European Union intended to serve as a guide to policy makers on how web accessibility has been implemented in different countries. Since then, there have seen several relevant developments in the policy landscape, especially in the United States and the United Kingdom. The White Paper has been updated (January 2012) to keep abreast of these new changes.

With 153 countries parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as of February 2012, an increasing number of governments are now in the midst of developing policies and programs to ensure that websites and services under their jurisdictions are accessible. Indeed, the Preamble of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes “the importance of accessibility to the physical, social, economic and cultural environment, to health and education and to information and communication, in enabling persons with disabilities to fully enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms”.

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