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ISO/IEC JTC 1 Special Working Group drafts: Information Technology - Accessibility Considerations for People with Disabilities

The ISO/IEC JTC (International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission; Joint Technical Committee) Special Working Group (SWG) on Accessibility was established in 2004 and actioned to determine an approach, and implement, the gathering of user requirements, being mindful of the varied and unique opportunities (direct participation of user organizations, workshops, liaisons); identify a mechanism to work proactively to make forward progress; gather and publish an inventory of all known accessibility standards efforts; identify areas/technologies where voluntary standards are not being addressed and suggest an appropriate body to consider the new work; track public laws, policies/measures and guidelines to ensure the necessary standards are available; and through wide dissemination of the SWG materials, encourage the use of globally relevant voluntary standard.These 3 drafts were issued by the group, in 2008.

British Standards Institution 2011

(1) Accessibility Considerations - User Needs Summary  (PDF File)

(2) Accessibility Considerations - Standards Inventory  (PDF File)

(3) Accessibility Considerations - Guidance on User Needs Mappin  (PDF File)

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability