Laws and Standards

In the past fifteen years, both the United States and International governments have developed legislation to ensure equal rights for people with disabilities, including equivalent access to electronic and information technology. What follows is an overview of the various major standards and legislation pieces passed in various countries. This document does not provide an exhaustive list of all such legislative pieces, but does account for the majority of relevant standards and legislation.


International Standards


United States


Canada


Europe


Asia Pacific


Further Reading

  • WCAG 2.0 – the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 — international voluntary consensus standards for accessible web content
  • WAI Policy Page – Provides a list of all the current international web accessibility standards
  • ETSI Technical Report TR 102 612 – Provides an overview of accessibility requirements relating to public sector procurement throughout the EU and the globe. By far the most detailed recent assessment of accessibility laws and standards.

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