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WSD Exhibition on Capitol Hill Highlights Standards for Accessibility

New York, Sep 27, 2010

Nearly one hundred Congressional staff members, representatives, and other stakeholders gathered on Capitol Hill on September 24, 2010, to attend the Standards for Accessibility exhibition. Sponsored by the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) Planning Committee, this event featured exhibits from a number of standards developing organizations highlighting the role that standards play in achieving universal access for all populations. The accessibility theme of this year’s WSD celebrations honors the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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. The Capitol Hill event gave Congressional staff and other interested stakeholders the opportunity to learn more about the influence standards have on accessibility across all industries and around the globe.

Attendees heard from featured speaker Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and viewed exhibits from a number of organizations, including:

  • Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions
  • American National Standards Institute
  • ASTM International
  • Consumer Electronics Association
  • International Code Council
  • International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • National Institute of Building Sciences
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • SAE International
  • SES – The Society for Standards Professionals
  • Telecommunications Industry Association
  • Toy Industry Association
  • Underwriters Laboratories

The event was part of the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2010. To learn more about this event, see the related ANSI news item.

An online gallery of photographs taken during the event is available here.

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