How does the DDA apply to web accessibility?
Under the DDA regulation, the provision of data and online services through the web is a principal basic freedom and a legitimate prerequisite. People and associations that own or develop a website and mobile application should provide equal access to individuals with disabilities.
This incorporates websites, mobile applications and other web assets, as PDFs and documents, that are engaged with:
- Provision of services including professional services, banking, insurance or financial services, entertainment or recreation, telecommunications services, public transport services, or government services (including federal, state, and local government councils, departments, and agencies)
- Sale or rental of real estate
- Activities of voluntary associations
- Administration of Commonwealth laws and programs
Web accessibility guidance is provided by the World Wide Web Access: Disability Discrimination Act Advisory Notes (current adaptation, 4.1). The notes are not lawful necessities but rather are more guidelines to help people and associations that own or develop web assets in the prerequisites of the DDA.
It additionally determines the practical accessibility requirements for ICT services and products, including web content, which could be utilized in public procurement or to help different strategies and regulation.