The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, the Royal College of Art’s largest and longest-running centre for design research, has been influential in developing the practice of inclusive design over its 31 year-history. It is where Author Rama Gheerawo cut his teeth in addressing many aspects of human…
The Changing Reality of Disability in America: 2020
This documentary film and research project reexamines the experience of disability in America, and shines a light on the stories of those all too often left behind. Watch the documentary below and read the full research report.
Opportunities for learning through IHCD include a Lunch & Learn series, trainings, workshops and events. Internship and fellowship opportunities are also available all-year-round.
Our scope for consulting includes, among others, plan reviews, assessment of accessibility in the built environment and testing of digital and web accessibility.
IHCD works with entrepreneurs, designers and businesses to evaluate concepts, prototypes or existing designs to assess usability for the widest possible spectrum of people.
IHCD has an established database of user/experts, chosen for each opportunity to find the best match between the person and the project.
Inclusive design is design that works for the widest sepctrum of users without the need for specialized adaptation, It centers around the user experience with a focus on social sustainability. IHCD uses the World Health Organization’s Definition of Disability as the foundation for our consulting and research work in the field and in our user/expert lab. We believe that good design must work not only for as many users as possible, but also enhance everyone’s experience.
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New England ADA Center, a project of the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), seeks a deeply expert individual in all federal accessibility standards and regulations. The successful candidate will provide advanced trainings on the ADA’s Title II, III, the ADA Standards for Accessible…
Tulsans needed a welcoming, natural space where members of its diverse communities could come together to explore, learn and play. Gathering Place is the ultimate expression of Tulsa’s spirit of unity. A place for everyone.
After years of planning, generous donations and input…
Include 2022 is a fully virtual event taking place online with global participants - there will not be any in-person events.
For many of us, our inclusive intentions are often broadcast and expressed, but are they actually heard?
On September 22 & 23, Include 2022 global…
A user/expert is a person who has developed expertise by means of their lived experience in dealing with the challenges of the environment due to a physical, sensory or cognitive functional limitation. IHCD has an established database of user/experts who range from adolescents to people in their ‘80s. Participants help review the usability and accessibility of physical environments as well as products, services and new technologies.
New England ADA Center
IHCD is home to the New England ADA Center; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in all aspects of life on the basis of disability. There are five Titles within the ADA that outline rights and responsibilities of employers, state and local government, businesses and non-profits, architects and designers and individuals and advocates, and IHCD strives to help customers reach standards set by these titles.
We are committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages, abilities and cultures through excellence in design.
IHCD has built a large family of friends and allies over 30 years, and we are proud to say that this inner circle is characterized by both longevity of commitment and an appetite for the next frontier.
IHCD is located at 560 Harrison Ave, Unit 401, Boston, MA 02118.
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1 (617) 695-1225 (v/tty)
Fax: 1 (617) 482-8099