In the frame of "eEurope - An Information Society for All" Action line NR 7 dealt explicitly with the fact that ICT can improve the quality of life and job chances of people with disabilities.A more detailed workplan included the specific action:"Publication of Design for All standards for accessibility of information technology products, in particular to improve the employability and social inclusion of people with special needs". This mandate concerns the European Commission and the private sector and its deadline was fixed at the end of 2002.The overview given in this document, shows that many standardisation activities in the field of Assistive Technology and Design have taken place over the last few years, and this primarily because of the push given by the eEurope2002 action.