Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Compliance and Accessibility

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"The power of the Web is in its universality."
Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.

-Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web

The Web is fundamentally designed to work for all people, whatever their hardware, software, language, culture, location, or physical or mental ability. When the Web meets this goal, it is accessible to people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive ability.

Thus the impact of disability is radically changed on the Web because the Web removes barriers to communication and interaction that many people face in the physical world. However, when websites, web technologies, or web tools are badly designed, they can create barriers that exclude people from using the Web.

The Case for Web Accessibility

It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with diverse abilities. Indeed, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes access to information and communications technologies, including the Web, as a basic human right.
Accessibility supports social inclusion for people with disabilities as well as others, such as older people, people in rural areas, and people in developing countries.

  • The Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired makes every effort to assist individuals, governmental agencies, educational institutions, and other public and private entities in ensuring that the information they are presenting is accessible and compliant for all.

Resources and Information for Compliance and Accessibility