Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Warning on Disabled Access

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Warning on Disabled Access

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Businesses could face prosecution if they fail to make their websites accessible to all users, including the disabled community, an IT solutions company has warned.

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), of which the latest amendment came into force in October 2004, now puts a legal duty on service providers to make reasonable adjustments to the way they provide services over the web that will ensure that disabled people are able to use them.

North Yorkshire-based NetConstruct is now warning that companies who fail to take account of the new regulations could find themselves in trouble.

NetConstruct managing director David Bentley said: "A `service provider', according to the Disability Discrimination Act, is defined as those companies or organisations that provide goods or services to the public such as banks, shops, pubs, and public offices. Meanwhile, a Code of Practice published by the Disability Rights Commission also explains that a website is a `service' as defined under the terms of the Act. …

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