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Disability Legislation in the UK

Disability Discrimination Act of 2005 - AS APPLICABLE TO WEBSITES

Under the Disability Discrimination Act of 2005, all websites providing public services must make reasonable adjustments to ensure that the services they provide online are equally as accessible to disabled Internet users as to other members of the public. Babelbar is able to assist in the provision of these requirements.

Under the Disability Discrimination Act of 2005, all websites providing public services must make reasonable adjustments to ensure that the services they provide online are equally as accessible to disabled Internet users as to other members of the public.

From the DDA Code of Practice 1995

2.2 (p7): "The Disability Discrimination Act makes it unlawful for a service provider to discriminate against a disabled person by refusing to provide any service which it provides to members of the public."

4.7 (p39): "From 1st October 1999 a service provider has to take reasonable steps to change a practice which makes it unreasonably difficult for disabled people to make use of its services."

2.13 - 2.17 (p11-13): "What services are affected by the Disability Discrimination Act? An airline company provides a flight reservation and booking service to the public on its website. This is a provision of a service and is subject to the act."

5.23 (p71): "For people with visual impairments, the range of auxiliary aids or services which it might be reasonable to provide to ensure that services are accessible might include ... accessible websites."

From the DDA Code of Practice 2005

6.4 (p39): "The policy of the act is not a minimalist policy of simply ensuring that some access is available to disabled people; it is, so far as is reasonably practicable, to approximate the access enjoyed by disabled people to that enjoyed by the rest of the public. Accordingly, the purpose of the duty to make reasonable adjustments is to provide access to a service as close as it is reasonably possible to get to the standard normally offered to the public at large"

6.17 (p45): "A service provider owes a duty of reasonable adjustment to 'disabled persons' as defined by the Act. This is a duty to disabled people at large, and applies regardless of whether the service provider knows that a particular member of the public is disabled or whether it currently has disabled customers"

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