Reply To: Driving Accessibility through Consumer Demand and The Power of Certification

  • Eleonora

    July 10, 2024 at 12:04 am

    I think in principle it’s great, but “certification” when it comes to accessibility, is a very wide and fragmented concept. Apart from the ADA in the US, in the rest of the world it is a nightmare where everyone makes their own labels and certification schemes, sometimes even more than one in each country (in Belgium I know of 2 different ones, and there might be a third – it’s a population of 12 million people btw).

    I heard some time ago that there was also an ISO standard at one point – dedicated to accessibility – but not sure if it has been approved, and if yes, adopted worldwide, as I do not hear anyone talking about it in the sector… but maybe I am biased as I am in contact mainly with smaller accessible travel tour operators and organisations at local levels.

    So certification would be great if there was a less fragmented certification landscape at an international level.

    (A friend who works in accessibility in Romania, Cristina Caluianu, has a brilliant app for accessibility evaluation which evaluates for compliance of various accessibility standards, I definitively recommend contacting her for the Audara App. @accessibleromania is their contact in here.)

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