International AT and DfA Standardisation: What Is in the Pipeline?

  • Jan Engelen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6179)


In this contribution several recent actions in the field of Standardisation related to Assistive Technology and Design for All are reported. The main focus will be on several CEN initiatives, the status of Mandate 376 and the current EU Commission’s plans for issuing a new mandate on the inclusion of "Design for All" in relevant standardisation initiatives.


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    Info on the European Design for All Network can be found at:
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    The three reports mentioned can be downloaded from: Overview on ongoing standardization work (D2.2a):, EDEAN-members’ involvement in standardization (D2.4a),, EDEAN Contributions to new Standardisation actions (D2.4b),
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Engelen
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  1. 1.DocArch group – ESAT Dept. of Electrical EngineeringKath. Univ. LeuvenHeverlee – LeuvenBelgium

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