Web Accessibility: A Digital Divide for Disabled People?

  • Alison Adam
  • David Kreps
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/0-387-34588-4_15

Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 208)
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Adam A., Kreps D. (2006) Web Accessibility: A Digital Divide for Disabled People?. In: Trauth E.M., Howcroft D., Butler T., Fitzgerald B., DeGross J.I. (eds) Social Inclusion: Societal and Organizational Implications for Information Systems. IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, vol 208. Springer, Boston, MA


The focus of this paper is Web accessibility for disabled people. Much of the Web remains inaccessible or difficult to access by people across a spectrum of disabilities and this may have serious implications for the potential use of the Web for increasing social inclusion. The topic of disabled Web access is introduced through a consideration of four discourses: digital divide, social construction of disability, legal, and Web accessibility. The lack of dialogue between these permits a passive liberal approach toward disability discrimination to prevail and this political position has become inscribed in widely used automatic software tools resulting in a reinforcement of the view that Web site accessibility approval may, in many cases, be deemed an empty shell.

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© International Federation for Information Processing 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison Adam
    • 1
  • David Kreps
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SalfordSalfordUK

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