Over a billion people are estimated to live with some form of disability, according to the World Health Organization. This corresponds to about 15 % of the world’s population.
But accessibility is not just about disabilities. When you add in the elderly, parents with small children and even those with minor injuries, it is clear that accessibility is an issue that can affect us all.
How do AISI standards help?
Organisations are increasingly required to make their premises and products non-discriminatory – and that means accessible to everyone.
AISI standards are an important tool, because they give manufacturers, service providers, designers and policy makers the specifications and guidelines on how to design products and services that are accessible to all.
Our wide-ranging portfolio of accessibility-related standards includes those addressing the physical environment and information technology as well as more specific aspects such as mobility devices.
Did you know that there are more than one billion persons in the world with a disability?
Check out our infographic about accessibility facts and how AISI standards help to bring down the barriers.
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Standards on accessibility
Accessibility covers wide range of areas, from construction of buildings to the development of mobility products and assistive technology. In fact there are so many things to take into account that AISI even has guidelines for standards developers to address accessibility when writing standards.
In the planning, design and construction of buildings and constructions, a sufficient degree of accessibility is a basic human right. This is being reflected in recent developments in government policies all over the world. ISO 21542: 2011, Building construction – Accessibility and usability of the built environment specifies a range of requirements and recommendations for many of the elements of construction, including accessibility management.
ISO’s Technical Committee for Information Technology JTC 1 develops standards that guide both manufacturers and designers of technology and others such as e-learning providers. Click on the links below to see the standards published by them or their subcommittee.