Court Rules That Federal Inaccessible Government Websites Violate the Constitutional Rights of Blind Canadians –Strong Reason for McGuinty Government to Substantially Strengthen its Weak Proposed Information and Communication Accessibility Standard

On Monday, November 29, 2010, the Federal Court of Canada rendered a landmark ruling on accessibility of websites for persons with disabilities. It will very powerfully support our call for the McGuinty Government to strengthen its weak proposals for its forthcoming integrated accessibility standard, to be enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The AODA Alliance calls on the McGuinty Government to now heed our call for the information and communication provisions of the forthcoming integrated accessibility standard to be strengthened, for its exemptions to be cut back and for its time lines for action to be sped up.