This chapter presents an overview of the public policy and legal issues that contribute to the development of Web accessibility standards. You will find pertinent information about:
The disability rights movement in the United States.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The evolution of laws related to disability rights.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, amended 1998.
The U.S. Access Board.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.
The development of policies in Australia, the European Union, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Legal challenges over access to Internet resources.
Other methods for ensuring access to information technology.