6 responses to “The Canadian Government Is Going To Court So They Don’t Have To Make Web Content Accessible To Screen Readers”

  1. Janna

    This is ridiculous. A few tweaks of the code (and the government does have people who are paid to tweak code) and it would be fixed.

    Also, have you been to the PWD (Persons with Disabilities) web site? It is awful. I was part of a panel to make suggestions to improve it, several years ago, and while it’s changed its look, it’s still awful.

  2. Sharon Wachsler

    A little help here? I’m not Canadian, but I’m on a list-serv with LOTS of Canadians (some of them DR allies). However, it’s a dog training list, and off-topic posts are forbidden, so I thought I’d put a note about it in my signature line.
    Unfortunately, the URL — http://disabledfeminists.com/2010/09/23/the-canadian-government-is-going-to-court-so-they-dont-have-to-make-web-content-accessible-to-screen-readers/ — is waaaay too long for a signature line! I can’t figure out how to get the shortlink. Can you please post it?
    Thanks so much!

  3. s.e. smith

    Hi Sharon (and all looking for shortlinks); Tiny URL is a very handy service!

    Here’s a shortlink of Anna’s post: http://tinyurl.com/2d22443

  4. Indigo Jo

    @Sharon Wachsler: You can use this, which I just generated at TinyURL.com:


  5. Courtenay

    I received a reply from my MP:
    Thank you for contacting me regarding Donna Jodhan’s Federal Court Case, and apologies on the wait in getting back to you.

    I contacted the office of Treasury Board President Stockwell Day on your behalf to inquire about whether screen reader content is available on government websites. I was told that as of 2007 the Treasury Board did introduce new standards to ensure that the government keeps pace with modern technology. This does include the use of screen readers and other technologies to assist the disabled in accessing government websites.

    In terms of Ms. Jodhan’s particular case, I cannot comment on it as it is before the courts. However, I can assure you that the Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that resources and information are available to all Canadians.

    Thank you once again for contacting me.