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Accessibility - Key Standards

BSI Accessibility

BSI provides a range of products to help businesses assess and implement measures that ensure compliance with disability discrimination legislation.

Companies must make a concerted effort to ensure that as many disabled people as possible have full access to places of interest, goods and services.

This legislation states that if a company does not meet the required level of disability access at their premises they may face prosecution. Disability access is not restricted to building access alone, but also the introduction of additional features such as grad rails, touch legible signs and visual/ audio alarm systems.

These guides and standards:

  • Detail necessary guidance and best practice
  • Can be combined to create compliance manuals
  • Integrate with existing documentation/systems
  • Aid the Management of actions and review
  • Report on 'gaps' in business systems
  • Allow flexible reporting options including export to PDF.

The implementation of the Equality Act in October 2010, means that a "concerted effort" also covers the provision of information (the law states that where a service "relates to the provision of information," the steps reasonable for a provider to have to take "include steps for ensuring that in the circumstances concerned the information is provided in an accessible format").

The British standard on web accessibility BS 8878 Web Accessibility. Code of Practice, published in November 2010, builds upon the 2006 publicly available specification Guide to Good Practice in Commissioning Accessible Websites (PAS 78). 'BS 8878 Web accessibility. Code of Practice' is applicable to all public and private organizations wishing to offer accessible, usable websites to their customers.

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Standards for Technology and Web Accessibility:

Standards for Accessibility in Building Design and Construction: