Few things can be more frustrating than thoughtlessness and bad design that excludes people. But sometimes the best way to cater for people’s differing needs is not clear. That’s where ISO Standards come in. Covering everything from placement of signage for blind people to safer pedestrian crossings for the deaf or hard of hearing, ISO Standards are all about inclusion.

Beginning with a process that brings disabled people together with experts in the accessibility, ISO publish Standards that make life easier for those who are challenged.

Below you can find out more about the most commonly-used accessibility standards, who develops them, and new projects in the pipeline.

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Working together for access for all

Access everywhere. That's the goal. It means looking with fresh eyes at the construction of buildings, re-imagining mobility, and developing assistive technology that helps people reach their potential. In fact there are so many things to take into account that ISO even has guidelines for standards developers to address accessibility when writing standards.

At the same time, ISO is working together with its partner organizations, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to raise awareness of accessibility solutions. Guide 71 is the first ISO/IEC guide to have also been adopted by the ITU. Its publication is accompanied by a new joint policy statement by IEC, ISO and ITU on standardization and accessibility.

This brochure gives a concise overview of ISO's substantial portfolio of International Standards for the construction sector.

The people who develop standards

Covering almost every sector you can think of, from Assistive products to Zinc alloys, ISO has over 200 technical committees. Below we've listed just a handful that we think will be of particular interest to you. If it doesn't have what you're looking for, you can find the complete list of technical committees here.

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  • ISO 7001:2007 [Withdrawn]
    Graphical symbols — Public information symbols
  • ISO 21542:2011 [Withdrawn]
    Building construction — Accessibility and usability of the built environment
  • ISO/IEC Guide 71:2014
    Guide for addressing accessibility in standards

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