Websites that impede disabled users face legal action.
The Times, 14 April 2004
If your site is not accessible then you could face legal action and suffer terrible publicity.
One of the most famous cases was against the Sydney Olympics Committee
in 2000. The owners of the website were ordered to pay compensation of
20,000 Australian dollars.
Apart from the above, a further reason why accessibility is
important to your site is that there are over 8m people with
disabilities in the UK with a combined spending power estimated at
£45bn per year.
“The blind and partially sighted net users that I have spoken to
are overwhelmingly positive about the Internet, and the web in
particular. It is so liberating to be able to shop without asking a
sighted friend to help, or to read the news or a book without
assistance from a sighted person. Even the ability to check a train
time online makes such a huge difference to a blind manager who wants
to arrange his own travel to a meeting.”