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Disability Rights Commission Formal Investigation into Web Access

At the end of March 2003, the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) announced that 1000 websites are to be investigated for their ability to be accessed by Britain's 8.5 million disabled people.

The DRC is empowered by the Disability Rights Commission Act 1999 to conduct such investigations, aimed at eliminating discrimination and encouraging good practice in the treatment of disabled people. The aim is to identify recurrent barriers to web access and to make recommendations to contribute towards enabling disabled people to have full access, and use of, the web. Covering England, Wales and Scotland, 1000 representative websites from the commercial, public and voluntary sectors will be examined for basic compliance to industry accessibility standards. 50 disabled people will also take part in in-depth testing of a representative sample of these sites.

The Centre for Human Computer Interaction design at City University, led by Professor Helen Petrie will conduct supporting research for this investigation.

Further information from the Disability Rights Commission at
http://www.drc-gb.org

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