SOCOG Faces Damages over Web Site

The Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) has failed to comply with a ruling to make the official Games Web site (olympics.com) fully accessible to visually impaired people.

The organisation is facing a damages claim and the possibility of a class action on behalf of visually impaired people around Australia, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Sydney has confirmed.

Two weeks before the start of the Sydney Olympics, SOCOG was ordered to update its Web site to accommodate disabled users following an inquiry by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC).

The inquiry stemmed from a discrimination complaint from Australian blind man, Bruce Maguire.

Under the HREOC determination, SOCOG had until September 15, the start of the Olympic Games, to update its website.

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