Following a competitive bid, IHCD has recently been awarded a contract by the Georgia Institute of Technology to conduct a comprehensive ADA Self-Evaluation leading to an ADA Transition Plan of this 400 acre, with more than 21,000 students. U.S. News and World Report 2014 recently rated GIT as the #7 public university in the nation. Remarkable growth has resulted in a doubling of buildings in just over twenty years. Over the next 18 months, IHCD will survey all indoor and outdoor spaces, work with the GIT staff to analyze compliance with administrative requirements under both Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA as well as program access. IHCD will also review selected GIT websites for accessibility with current requirements and conduct an assessment of wayfinding on this remarkable 24/7 campus distinguished by its commitment to sustainability and diversity.
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a 2014 Art Works grant to conduct a new initiative, Designing for People, User/Experts in Schools of Design. This project builds on 14 years of IHCD’s Access to Design Professions and knits the project into IHCD’s commitment to engaging user/experts. User/Experts are people with lived experience of functional limitations whose personal experience interacting with the environment can offer detailed insight into design that works and to creating transformative learning experiences for design students. The project will work with design schools within a 50-mile radius of IHCD's headquarters. If you are a user/expert already in our database or interested in participating in this project, please email Willa Crolius, Director of the User/Expert Lab @ wcrolius@IHCDesign.org.
The Design Council (UK) has created the Inclusive Design Hub for the built environment. It covers buildings and outdoor spaces, in all phases of development including planning, design and construction, right through to the management of those buildings and places. It is a collection of resources and we do not promote the use of one over the other.
Register for The 5th International Conference for Universal Design in Fukushima & Tokyo 2014 to be held November 11-13 in Tokyo.
Early-Bird Registration Deadline: July 31
Advance Registration Deadline: October 31
For more details, visit the Registration Page on the conference website
The City of Cambridge is looking for a group of individuals with a diverse range of abilities and backgrounds to go out with a group of designers from the Institute for Human Centered Design to assess your experience with public transit and how we can make it better.
June 3, 2014 - Forsyth, Georgia
June 10, 2014 - West Sacramento, California
June 12, 2014 - Denver Colorado
On May 27, 2014, HUD announced issuance of a Notice permitting use of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design under title II of the ADA, with identified exceptions (see Section V of the Notice), as an alternative to UFAS for Section 504 compliance. The Notice was published in the Federal Register on Friday, May 23, 2014 with the established effective dates.
May 15, 2014 - Boise, Idaho
May 21, 2014 - St. Louis, Missouri
May 29, 2014 - St. Paul, Minnesota
May 29, 2014 - Austin, Texas
U.S. Specialists Visit Moscow School for Disabled
Three staff members of Boston's Institute for Human Centered Design teamed up with Perspektiva, a Moscow-based NGO that strives to improve the well-being of disabled people, to share experiences on providing the best possible care and facilities at Moscow's Special School No. 532.