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In the past 15 years, both the United States and International governments have developed legislation to ensure equal rights for people with disabilities, including equivalent access to electronic and information technology. What follows is an overview of the various major standards and legislation pieces passed in various countries. This breakdown does not provide an exhaustive list of all such legislative pieces, but does account for the majority of relevant standards and legislation.

United States

Rehabilitation Act

Americans with Disabilities Act

21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA)

Other US Digital Accessibility Legislation



Asia Pacific

International Standards

Further Reading

  • WAI Policy Page – Provides a list of all the current international web accessibility standards
  • ETSI Technical Report TR 102 612 – Provides an overview of accessibility requirements relating to public sector procurement throughout the EU and the globe. By far the most detailed recent assessment of accessibility laws and standards.


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