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Chapter 3. Accessibility in Law and Policy > Accessibility Is a Global Concern

Accessibility Is a Global Concern

Although Section 508 has received wide attention in the global community of people concerned with Internet policy and common standards, strategies outside of the United States have been just as powerful and, in some cases, more effectively implemented. As more government services came online, nations throughout the world developed accessibility policies. The WAI indexes information about these global efforts on its page titled “Policies Relating to Web Accessibility” (see http://www.w3.org/WAI/Policy).

Governments from Japan to Portugal have endorsed the concept and principle of universal access and have implemented policies to support their endorsement. Let’s look at a few of them. Australian government initiatives, for example, provide a good example of proactive measures to assure access to the Internet for all citizens.


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