This project is a day-long inclusive cities symposium within Architecture Boston Expo (ABX) and a complementary 24-hour Design Challenge for design students and young practitioners focused on the design of "Olympic Boulevard." London's leadership made the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games a catalyst for creating an international model of an inclusive city across the diversity of ability, age, and culture. With Boston as the likely US candidate competing for the 2024 Olympics, London offers a precedent for delivering a legacy of cutting-edge inclusive design. Five Inclusive London design leaders will present at the symposium on November 18th to share their experience and strategies and also to serve as jurors for the 24-Hour Olympic Boulevard Design Challenge.
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"The Institute for Human Centered Design and its Inclusive Sports Initiative commits to promoting the implementation of universal design in all aspects and all levels of sport, physical activity, recreation and play. We are committed to furthering research, education and advocacy to advance the rights and dignity of people with disabilities in all settings around the world. Through a systems-change and cross-sector approach, we are committed to raising awareness and creating visibility through the media and mainstream sport regarding the athletic abilities and capabilities of individuals with disabilities."
On January 15, 2015, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Board of Directors adopted an inclusive sport strategy that will provide new intercollegiate athletic opportunities for student-athletes with a variety of disabilities attending ECAC member colleges and universities in Division I, II and III. By taking this pioneering action, the ECAC becomes the first NCAA sanctioned conference to provide a range of options for students with disabilities to realize their dreams of competing as intercollegiate varsity athletes.
The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is an international non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. Our educational, consulting and design work is very diverse. See our monthly newsletter to learn about current projects.
We are pleased to announce IHCD was one of the 14 organizations selected by Community Action Partners this year. CAP is an alumni volunteer organization of Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School created to help Boston-area nonprofits apply management skills to their business challenge.
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.
IHCD's Executive Director, Valerie Fletcher, will be one of the speakers at Aging + Place: Designing Housing & Communities for Aging Populations at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on October 17, 2014. The event will be a half-day to discuss opportunities in architecture, planning, and policy to enhance older adults’ well-being through affordable, accessible, well-connected housing, as well as through models of long-term care that support aging in place. It is free and open to the public.
Read the report published by the Joint Center for Housing Studies