Standards make the world accessible for all
Did you know it's World Standards Day today? No, me either, but I've just read about it so thought I would tell you.
BSI Group is a global independent business services organisation and is the world's first national standards body set up in 1903. It partners with 66,000 organisations in 147 countries and works on introducing global standards, assurance and certification services for accessibility.
Ok - I can hear you snoring - but wait! To celebrate World Standards Day they have created a documentary to be shown during the European Commission's World Standards Day Accessibility For All conference in Brussels on Thursday 14 October 2010.
The producer of the film - Sofie Sandell - says: "People have different needs and abilities. In this video we want to give them a voice to make sure that their needs are heard and fulfilled thanks to standards."
It's all very well talking about global standards but what does that mean for you and me?
It means if people (yes, like you and me) 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. Well, at least that is the key message of the campaign.
Does that sound familiar?
Of course! Communications minister Ed Vaizey was on about it just the other day. He wants a "step change" in e-Accessibility for disabled people in the UK by the time of the Paralympics in 2012.
I've told you about it and what it is supposed to be achieving. Now, take a look at the video and see what you think.
A useful film which effectively communicates a vitally important message and will spur bureaucrats in Brussels into action or...?