BSI Documentary Points the Way to Accessibility in Buildings and Web

By Bsi Group, PRNE
Monday, October 11, 2010

LONDON, October 12, 2010 - Why are accessibility standards important? How do standards help
designers? How can we make the World Wide Web wider? With a new documentary
on accessibility, BSI Group provides some answers to the many questions on
buildings accessibility and web accessibility. This is how the world's first
national standards body has chosen to celebrate World Standards Day on 14
October. This year's global message is 'Standards make the world accessible
for all'. The video - which ­includes strong and interesting statements from
many authoritative contributors - will be shown during the European
Commission's World Standards Day 2010 'Accessibility for all' conference in
Brussels today.

"People have different needs and abilities", says BSI Film Producer Sofie
Sandell. "In this video we want to give them a voice to make sure that their
needs are heard and fulfilled thanks to standards".

The documentary touches on several aspects of accessibility, from
buildings to websites. The key messages are: If people don't have access to
buildings, transport and the web they are locked out from society; standards
create opportunities for an active life for all.

BSI Group has always been committed to establishing and supporting
standards which promote the availability of products and services to all
consumers, regardless of their disability or impairment. And this year's
event will highlight the effort BSI is making in this area.

"Accessibility has become an increasing focus for BSI, recognizing that
many of us may at some stage suffer from physical, visual or audio
impairment," explains BSI Director of Standards Mike Low. "Be it our homes,
our offices, places of recreation or key tools such as computers, the web or
phones, it is essential that we are all able to make use of them. By bringing
together all the interested parties - the public, industry representative
groups and regulators - we are now building a very successful suite of
standards tools to achieve better and affordable accessibility".

Buildings. BSI's accessible buildings standard is one of the first and
the most advanced accessibility standards in the world (BS 8300) and has been
developed by the construction industry in partnership with disability groups.
Its reach extends beyond disabled access to inclusive design which means it
encompasses the needs of other disadvantaged groups like the elderly and
children. It is now used in the design of all public buildings and spaces in
the UK and has brought about a fundamental improvement in access, enabling
disabled people to benefit equally from all public services, ranging from
hospitals to libraries.

Web. Web accessibility is one of the key highlights of this year's World
Standards Day. Together with top experts in the field, BSI Group is at the
leading edge of delivering solutions in web accessibility. The team is
currently working on a new standard (BS 8878) which is due to be published
next month and which promises to make a big impact on the way people will be
able to access the web.

If you would like to have access to the video and for more information on
BSI standards on Buildings Accessibility and Web Accessibility please contact
Chiara Carella, PR Manager, BSI Group, at

The video will also be uploaded online in BSI's YouTube channel: on Thursday, 14 October.

About BSI Group

BSI Group is a global independent business services organization which,
through standards-based solutions and assurance services, enables businesses
and governments to achieve sustainable growth. From its roots as the world's
first national standards body, BSI Group draws upon over 100 years'
experience to partner with 66,000 organizations from its 50 offices in 147
countries. Today, through its independence, innovation and integrity, BSI
continues to improve the lives of millions by raising standards worldwide. To
learn more about BSI Group, please visit

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