Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians Intervenes In Government Web Accessibility Case

Monday, November 21, 2011

Karen, John and Laurie-3.JPGKaren Spector and Laurie Letheren of ARCH represented The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) at the Federal Court of Appeal hearing on November 15 -16 2011 in the Attorney General of Canada and Donna Jodhan case.

The Federal Court of Appeal reviewed the decision of the Federal Court in which Justice Kelen found that Donna Jodhan, a person with a vision disability, was denied her rights under Section 15 of the Charter to equal access to and benefit of federal government information and services because the Government of Canada’s websites were not accessible to people who use technology, such as screen readers, to access on-line information.

The AEBC emphasized the need to ensure that Canadians with vision disabilities have internet access to government information and services as the internet is a very important tool for achieving substantive equality for people with vision disabilities.  The AEBC also encouraged the Court to recognize the importance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities when interpreting substantive equality rights under the Charter.