Blind woman's website victory to be appealed

The federal government is appealing a court's ruling that ordered it make its websites accessible to visually impaired users.

The federal government is appealing a court's ruling that ordered it to make its websites accessible to visually impaired users.

Donna Jodhan sued the federal government because she was unable to apply online for a government job.
In November, Federal Court Justice Michael Kelen ruled that the government had 15 months to update its websites.

The ruling came after Donna Jodhan, a blind Toronto special-needs business consultant, launched a constitutional challenge last September because she is unable to apply online for a government job.

Government lawyers had argued there was no discrimination because those same services are provided in other formats, such as on the phone, in person or by mail.

But Jodhan said visually impaired people should have equal access to services and information on several federal government websites.

No appeal hearing date has been set.