Niels Diffrient, an industrial designer who combined elegance and efficiency in everyday objects, including telephones, cameras, airplane interiors and, late in his life, office chairs that adjusted themselves to whoever sat in them, died on June 8 at his home in Ridgefield, Conn. He was 84.
The Digital Media and Learning Competition is sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, Facebook, Mozilla, the Family On-Safety Initiative, HASTEC and the Born This Way Foundation.
We created a Summer program at the Institute for Human Centered Design to develop with a team of 15-23 year olds with disabilities a new guide to digital accessibility tailored for youth. In an intensive program of deep immersion in the details of designing digital environments that work for everyone, IHCD will develop a new Mozilla Badge that will be earned by the IHCD summer youth team and then shared widely to use the Mozilla open badges to get young developers and editors interested in web accessibility.
The 2013 edition of The State of the World’s Children is dedicated to the situation of children with disabilities. The report examines the barriers – from inaccessible buildings to dismissive attitudes, from invisibility in official statistics to vicious discrimination – that deprive children with disabilities of their rights and keep them from participating fully in society.
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The Insititute for Human Centered Design publication Directional Sense: How to FInd Your Way Around by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant has recieved the following accolades:
- Winner in “Self-help” category in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards (National Indie Excellence Awards complete list of winners)
- Winner in “Self-help” category & Finalist in “How to” category in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Next Generation Indie Book Awards complete list of winners and finalists)
To find out more about the book, please visit the Directional Sense website
The Singapore Building and Construction Authority awarded its first Universal Design Mark Award to 26 building with exemplary universal design features. The awards Platinum winners are Reflections at Keppel Bay, a private residential development, and the United World College of South East Asia (East Campus). Introduced in October 2012, the BCA Universal Design Mark Award is a voluntary certification system that encourages building owners, developers and architects to include or retrofit their buildings and developments with Universal Design features.
In December 2012, construction was completed on a 100 square meter flat in Zagreb, Croatia designed by IHCD and funded by the Open Society Foundations Mental Health Initiative. The Universally-Designed flat, which is owned by the Association for Promoting Inclusion in Zagreb, now serves as the principal residence of four formerly-institutionalized adults with developmental and physical disabilities. The 35-minute documentary discusses not only the specific features of the design of the flat, but also the human aspects of disability and inclusion as it chronicles the first important steps in the residents’ transition from their previous life situations to a new life, living independently as possible within the community.
Josh Safdie was selected as one of the five inaugural winners of the First BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellowship on April 19, 2013.
Established in 1998, the BERKELEY PRIZE strives to show architects-in-training that the smallest act of building has global implications: that design can and does play a major role in the social, cultural, and psychological life of both the individual and society at large. The primary goal for the BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellowship, which was awarded for the first time this year, is to focus students’ attention on the social and physical characteristics of the proposed users of the buildings and spaces they design.
Last week, ground was broken for IHCD’s newest design project - a single-family residence for formerly-institutionalized adults with disabilities in Bucharest, Romania. This project, for which the IHCDstudio has served as the principal architects, is being completed in partnership with the Open Society Foundations, Habitat for Humanity Romania, and Pro ACT Suport. Construction will continue through the summer, and the new residents will move in after September 1, 2013.
April 1, 2014 - Hampton, Virginia
April 8, 2014 - Boston, Massachusetts
April 30, 2014 - Newark, New Jersey
The Obama administration for the first time is telling school districts across the USA that they must give disabled students equal access to extracurricular sports, a move that advocates say has been years in the making.
In a letter to schools, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter of the Department of Education says schools should provide "reasonable modifications" to allow disabled students to participate
Learn more about it at the Department of Education's blog
To learn more about accessible sports, check out our Inclusive Sports Initiative