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Blind woman sues Ottawa over website accessibility

Federal government given 15 months to make sites accessible

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The visually impaired will soon be able to use the federal government’s websites thanks to one blind Toronto woman. Donna Jodhan, a special needs consultant, sued the government for discrimination in September because she was unable to apply for a job on its website. Government lawyers attempted to argue that she could have applied on the phone, in person or by mail, but had their reasoning rejected by a federal judge, who ruled the website itself must be made accessible within 15 months. “One of the saddest things is that government has spent a lot of money fighting this case,” said Jodhan. “Why are you fighting me on this? Why are you spending taxpayers’ money?”

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