The theme for this year's paper competition, "Standards for Accessibility," recognizes the critical role of model codes, standards, and conformity assessment activities in developing and maintaining the built environment, products, technologies, and systems that are accessible for persons with special needs.
The different abilities and needs of people across the country have led to a myriad of accessibility issues and requirements in every industry. From technologies that are user-friendly for the deaf and blind communities, to physical environments that are accessible to persons with physical disabilities, to products that can be easily used by the elderly, accessibility solutions allow for the greatest number of people to enjoy many aspects of everyday life that may otherwise be unmanageable.
Standards have a critical influence on accessibility across all industries and around the globe. The 2010 WSD Competition invites members of the standardization community to submit papers that use specific examples to show ways that standards and conformity assessment programs are used to promote accessibility in any form for persons with special needs.
Paper competition winners will be announced and given their awards during a banquet at the celebration, which will be held this year on September 23 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the best three papers submitted. The first place winner will receive a plaque and $2,500. Second and third place winners will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively, along with a certificate. In addition, the winning papers will be published in SES's journal, Standards Engineering.
All paper contest submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight on July 23, 2010, by Leona Nisbet, SES Executive Director, 1950 Lafayette Road, Box 1, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801. For details on the winners' recognition, cash awards, judging, and rules, click here to visit the SES website.
Established in 1947, the Standards Engineering Society is a not-for-profit professional membership society whose mission is to provide opportunities for professional development through quality programs and services for standards users and professionals, and to promote the awareness, use, and value of standards and standardization to the private and public sectors. SES is the member body for Canada and the United States in the International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN) and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). SES members are primarily involved in the application and use of company, government, national, regional, and international standards.
About the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day
Since the initial celebration in 1970, World Standards Day is now recognized in nations around the globe. U.S. activities are organized annually by a planning committee consisting of representatives from across the standards and conformity assessment community. The event is co-chaired each year by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will act as the administrating organization for WSD 2010. For more information or to register, please visit www.wsd-us.org.