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Website Accessibility Legislation and Standards

In the world of economic development it’s always better to take initiative by bringing an issue to the attention of senior officials, with attendant recommendations, rather than be caught unprepared having to answer questions when the issue catches up with you.

That is the case with web accessibility. Though most economic development departments in North America don’t seem to perceive an urgent need to make their websites fully accessible to people with disabilities or risk having the law wash over them, they should all be aware that the tide will come in. And sooner than they might expect.

US Legal Requirements

In the United States, municipalities and their economic development departments have generally done very little about web accessibility. The reasons are not clear, since federal laws have existed for several years with the intent of making municipal websites as accessible to disabled people as to anyone else. (more…)