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Web Standards and Guidelines
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding.
A subset of the W3C, developing guidelines widely regarded as the international standard for Web accessibility, and providing support materials to help understand and implement Web accessibility.
Here you can find information about WCAG 2.0, the latest version of the internationally-recognised guidelines for web accessibility. This set of principles is one of the many factors to take into consideration when ensuring that your website is accessible to all Internet users.
The Web Standards Project fights for standards that reduce the cost and complexity of development while increasing the accessibility and long-term viability of any site published on the Web.
Making Your Website Accessible
This site explains why you should make your website more accessible, and contains easy-to-follow tips on how to do so.
This site provides accessibility tools, wizards and news updates. There is also an accessibility forum with members from all around the world contributing on accessibility issues.
Tips and Advice for Web Users
The BBC's Accessibility page provides advice and help to all those people who would benefit from making changes to their browser, operating system, or computer to be able to view the web in a more accessible way.
Charities and Organisations Offering Support
The Government's Direct Gov website provides a great deal of useful information and advice for people with disabilities. You can also find links to many other helpful organisations and legal documents.
The UK's leading charity for blind people, offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight loss
The BDA's role has been to raise awareness of the evidence and effects of dyslexia. They now also aim to develop and encourage services that meet the needs of dyslexic people.
AbilityNet is a national charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.
Shaw Trust is a national charity which supports disabled and disadvantaged people to prepare for work, find jobs and live more independently.
Dyslexia information and resources for helping dyslexic children and teenagers.
Disability Legislation UK
General Information about the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) from DirectGov
Full copies of the DDA, made available online by the Office of Public Sector Information
The DDA Code of Practice (2006) which accompanies the DDA - from the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Disability Legislation USA
Provides information and technical assistance on the ADA
Current Text of the ADA.
Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. '794d), Federal agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.