News

Jan 22, 2015

National Museum of Crime and PunishmentThe Department of Justice announced today that it has reached a settlement with the National Museum of Crime and Punishment (Crime Museum) to address alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The settlement agreement resolves allegations that some of the Crime Museum’s programs, exhibits and facilities were not accessible to people with disabilities.  As a place of public accommodation under Title III of the ADA, the Crime Museum is required to be accessible to people with disabilities and provide full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services and facilities.

Read the full press release

Jan 12, 2015

U.S. Department of Housing ans Urban DevelopmentThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has charged a 1,144-unit Coney Island cooperative development and the president of its board of directors with housing discrimination for refusing to allow a veteran with a psychiatric disability to keep an emotional support animal. Read HUD's press release

Jan 7, 2015

The Nordic Journal of Architactural ResearchThe Nordic Journal of Architectural Research has a call out for articles on Universal Design in relation to a planned these issue on Universal Design. The journal publishes articles in both English and Nordic languages.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended until February 1, 2015

Find out more information on the Nordic Journal of Architectural Research's website

Dec 1, 2014

Hearing Loss Association of AmericaIn an historic first, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) along with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA), the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) sat down with representatives from the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) to hammer out an agreement on movie captioning.

Read more about this agreement

Nov 11, 2014

Community Action PartnersWe 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.

For more information on CAP

Nov 10, 2014

Picture-it cover"Picture-It: A digital tool to support living with autism" is the fifth in a series that describes design research projects carried out by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in partnership with autism charity the Kingwood Trust, which provides support and accommodation for adults with autism. The overall aim of the work is to improve the everyday experiences of those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) through better understanding of their needs, aspirations and physical environment. 

Picture-It explores the development of a digital tool to help support staff at the Kingwood Trust to capture and share positive experiences in the lives of the adults with autism they support.

Watch the video about the project

Read the report

Oct 7, 2014

Inclusive Fitness CoalitionThe National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, the American Association on Health and Disability, and the Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute are joining the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) today to launch the national Commit to Inclusion campaign. The goal of the campaign is to encourage individuals, organizations and key stakeholders to help build healthy, inclusive communities.

Read Guidelines for Disability Inclusion in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Programs and Policies

Oct 1, 2014

Global AgeWatch Index 2014HelpAge International's Global AgeWatch Index ranks countries by how well their ageing populations are faring. It is based on four domains that are key enablers of older people's wellbeing: income, health, capability and enabling environment.

Find out more about Global AgeWatch 2014

Sep 10, 2014

Housing America's Older Adults—Meeting the Needs of An Aging Population: America’s older population is in the midst of unprecedented growth. With the aging of the large baby-boom generation and increased longevity, the 50-and over population is projected to increase about 20 percent by 2030, to 132 million. In just 15 years, one in five people will be at least aged 65. Ensuring that these older adults have the housing they need to enjoy high-quality, independent, and financially secure lives has thus taken on new urgency not only for individuals and their families, but also for the nation as a whole.

Read the report published by the Joint Center for Housing Studies

Jul 29, 2014

Georgia Institute of TechnologyFollowing 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.