A few days ago the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee enacted an amendment to Section 35 of the website accessibility regulations, called “the Equal Rights for People with Disabilities (Service Accessibility Adjustments) Regulations 5773-2013″ (the “Regulations”).

According to this amendment, existing websites (including online services and applications) that are covered under the Regulations and went on-line starting on October 25, 2015, are required to complete their accessibility process by no later than October 25, 2017 (instead of October 25, 2016).

The Regulations make it mandatory to provide accessibility to all websites and applications which provide service and/or information to the public, including, but not limited to, municipalities, businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, etc.

Websites have to provide accessibility according to Israeli Standard #5568 which follows the guidelines published by the W3C organization Document – WCAG2.0.