Standardisation is important for the development of many services and products we use in our daily lives. For persons with disabilities accessibility standards are especially crucial as they helps ensure that products and services follow common technical requirements for accessibility, therefore resulting in consistency in how accessibility is achieved. But for standardisation to successfully achieve results that are beneficial for persons with disabilities, it is important that persons with disabilities and accessibility experts are engaged in the process at equal level with other stakeholders, such as industry.
Despite this importance, standardisation remains a ‘mystery world’ for many persons with disabilities because of its very technical nature, but also because the European standardisation system is not always very transparent and easy to understand.
Given that the European Commission just launched a standardisation request to European standardisation organisations to draft harmonised standards for the European Accessibility Act and that it is crucial for consumers with disabilities to actively engage in this process, EDF and ANEC are holding this introductory webinar to standardisation.
To support involvement of EDF member organisations in standardisation, and particularly in the development of standards harmonised for the European Accessibility Act by:
• Introducing the main concepts, bodies, and procedures of European standardisation.
• Highlight why standardisation is important for person with disabilities and how they can get involved.
The language of the online discussion is English. We will provide International Sign interpretation and real-time captioning (English). We can also provide real-time captioning in other languages, please indicate it through the registration form.
The event will be recorded and shared publicly following the webinar.