Web Accessibility Laws & Policies

AustraliaDisability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA)1992Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoWCAG 2.0 AustraliaProcurement Standard Guidance2016Procurement recommendationGovernmentnoWCAG 2.0 CanadaCanadian Human Rights Act1985Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoNone CanadaPolicy on Communications and Federal Identity2016Mandatory policyGovernmentnoWCAG 2.0 China (中国)Law on the Protection of Persons with Disabilities 1990, as amended2008Accessibility lawPublic sector, Private sectornoNone China (中国)Voluntary Web Accessibility Standard2008RecommendationGovernmentyesWCAG 2.0 derivative Denmark (Danmark)Agreement on the use of open standards for software in the public sector2007Mandatory policyPublic sectoryesWCAG 2.0 European UnionWeb and Mobile Accessibility Directive2016Accessibility lawPublic sectornoWCAG 2.0 European UnionEuropean Accessibility Act (proposed)draftProposed lawPublic sector, Private sectornoWCAG 2.0 derivative Finland (Suomi)Act on Electronic Services and Communication in the Public Sector2003Accessibility lawGovernmentnoNone France (La France)Law N° 2005-102 Article 472005Accessibility lawPublic sectornoNone France (La France)Order of 29 April 2015 on the general accessibility framework for public administrations2015Accessibility lawPublic sectoryesWCAG 2.0 derivative France (La France)Law N° 2016-1321 Article 1062016Digital Governance lawPublic sector, Private sectornoNone Germany (Deutschland)Act on Equal Opportunities for Disabled Persons of 20022002Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoNone Germany (Deutschland)Federal Ordinance on Barrier-Free Information Technology2011Accessibility policyGovernmentyesWCAG 2.0 derivative Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of ChinaGuidelines on Dissemination of Information through Government Websites1999Mandatory policyGovernmentnoWCAG 2.0 IndiaRights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPD)2016Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoNone IndiaGuidelines for Indian Government Websites2009Mandatory policyGovernmentnoWCAG 2.0 Ireland (Éireann)The Disability Act, 20052005Accessibility lawPublic sectornoNone Ireland (Éireann)Equal Status Acts 2000 to 20042004Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoWCAG 2.0 Ireland (Éireann)Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 20042004Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoNone Israel (יִשְׂרָאֵל)Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, as amended1998Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoWCAG 2.0 Italy (Italia)Law 9 January 2004, n. 4 “Provisions to support the access of disabled people to IT tools” (Stanca Law)2004Accessibility lawPublic sector, GovernmentnoWCAG 2.0 Japan (日本国)Basic Act on the Formation of an Advanced Information and Telecommunications Network Society2000Accessibility lawPublic sector, Private sectornoNone Netherlands (Nederland)Procurement Law 20122016Procurement lawGovernmentnoWCAG 2.0 Netherlands (Nederland)Policy in the Netherlands2016Mandatory policyGovernment, Public sectoryesWCAG 2.0 New ZealandHuman Rights Act 1993, including amendments1993Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoNone New ZealandOnline Practice Guidelines2013Mandatory policyGovernmentyesWCAG 2.0 Norway (Norge, Noreg)Regulations on universal design of ICT2013Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoWCAG 2.0 derivative Republic of Korea (대한민국)Act on Welfare of Persons with Disabilities2008Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoWCAG 2.0 derivative Sweden (Sverige)Discrimination Act (2008:567)2008Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoNone Switzerland (Suisse, Schweiz, Svizzera)Federal Law on the Elimination of Inequalities for Persons with Disabilities, as amended2002Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoWCAG 2.0 Taiwan (中華民國)Web Accessibility Guidelines 2.02017Mandatory policyPublic sectoryesWCAG 2.0 derivative United KingdomEquality Act 20102010Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoWCAG 2.0 United StatesSection 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended1998Procurement law, Accessibility lawGovernmentnoWCAG 2.0 United StatesAmericans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended2009Non-discrimination lawPublic sector, Private sectornoNone United StatesSection 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 19961996Accessibility lawPublic sector, Private sectornoNone United StatesAir Carrier Access Act of 19862013Non-discrimination lawPrivate sectornoWCAG 2.0 United States21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA)2010Accessibility lawPrivate sectornoNone


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