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Israel: Access to Public Internet Services for Persons with Disabilities

(Dec. 27, 2016) On October 6, 2016, the Minister of Justice of Israel, in accordance with her authority under the Law for Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities, 5757-1998, issued an amendment to regulations issued under that Law. Accordingly, public service providers are required to complete any adjustments to make available to persons with disabilities by October 26, 2017, existing Internet services and applications that are added to an existing Internet service no later than 24 months from their starting date.  (Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities (Service Accessibility Adjustments) (Amendment), 5757-2016, KOVETZ HATAKANOT (KT) 5757 No. 7719 p. 24, amending the Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities (Service Accessibility Adjustments) 5753-2013, KT 5753 No. 7240 p. 968, as amended; Law for Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities, 5757-1998, SEFER HAHUKIM [Book of Laws, the official gazette] 5758 No. 1658 p. 152 (all in Hebrew).)  A consolidated text of the regulations as well as the Israeli standards for Internet content accessibility and other relevant regulations are available on the Ministry of Justice website (last visited Dec. 21, 2016) (in Hebrew).)

The amended regulations specify the minimum level of adjustments for the disabled that must be made to an Internet service provided by a public authority and require clear notification on the Internet site of the adjustments that were made. (Consolidated Text of the Regulations, § 35.)