European Standards! Taking the “DIS” out of disability 

A state-of-the-art car that not everyone can access isn’t really an innovative car at all. A popular restaurant that not everyone can access isn’t really a service oriented restaurant at all. A trendy social media website that not everyone can access isn’t really an informative website at all.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 3 December, reminds us of the many difficulties people with disabilities face in their daily lives because products and services are not accessible to the widest range of users.

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How do European Standards support accessibility?

Standards play a significant role in guiding industries and service providers, into solving challenges, especially when it comes to facilitating our lifestyle. European Standards support accessibility for everyone in society, granting equal access to products and services.

European standardization is also committed to working towards accessibility by implementing the “Design for All” approach. This approach ensures that a product, building, or service is accessible, comprehensible, and used by many people as possible, including people with disabilities and the older people.

European Standardization activities

Together with our members in 34 countries, we are putting the spotlight on how standards can support a better quality of life. Take this opportunity to learn more about our accessibility-related activities.

If interested to know more about CEN and CENELEC’s existing technical bodies and standards published: