As much as it is enjoyable, tourism also has it’s challenges. Think back to the last time you faced difficulties when travelling, whether you had to climb what seemed like millions of stairs to get anywhere or you struggled to ask for food or catch a taxi because of the language barrier. Maybe crossing a busy street was a scary experience, or you felt lost half the time. Now imagine how much harder it would be to travel with a disability.
Over a billion people are estimated to live with some form of disability, according to the World Health Organization. This corresponds to about 15 % of the world's population.
But accessibility is not just about disabilities. When you add in the elderly, parents with small children and even those with minor injuries, it is clear that accessibility is an issue that can affect us all.
How do ISO standards help?
Organisations are increasingly required to make their premises and products non-discriminatory - and that means accessible to everyone.
ISO standards are an important tool, because they give manufacturers, service providers, designers and policy makers the specifications and guidelines on how to design products and services that are accessible to all.
Our wide-ranging portfolio of accessibility-related standards includes those addressing the physical environment and information technology as well as more specific aspects such as mobility devices.
Check out our infographic about accessibility facts and how ISO standards help to bring down the barriers