About the Authors, Adaptive Environments and Access to Design Professions


About the Authors

Elaine Ostroff, Founding Director of Adaptive Environments, co-founded the organization in 1978. She directs the Access to Design Professions Project and the Global Universal Design Educator's Network. An educator, she has been involved with accessible and universally designed environments on a national and international level since 1971. She has a master's degree in education from Harvard University and was a recipient of a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship. She lives in Westport, Massachusetts.

Mark Limont, researcher and writer, has been active in the disability rights movement and is himself a person with a disability. He served on the board of the Boston Center for Independent Living and was a counselor at the Boston Self Help Center. He holds a BA in English Literature from Boston University. He now resides in El Cerrito, California, just north of Berkeley.

Daniel G. Hunter, Research Associate for Adaptive Environments, recently completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in landscape architecture. He also holds a BA in French, and he taught elementary school until disability and restrictive design made that impossible. He became interested in design when he noticed that the built environment interfered with his parenting two active daughters. He lives in Springfield, Oregon.

About the Adaptive Environments Center

Adaptive Environments, a Boston-based educational non-profit organization founded in 1978, is dedicated to making places and things work seamlessly and well for everyone, across variation in ability and age. Its founding premise was that design and designers are instruments of that mission. Adaptive Environments offers educational programs, technical assistance, training, consultation, publications, and design advocacy. Adaptive Environments' work is project-based and the target audience varies from local to regional, national, and international. Adaptive Environments is the lead sponsor of Designing for the 21st Century, an International Conference on Universal Design. It is home to the federally NIDRR-funded New England ADA and Accessible Information Technology Center.

How to Get Involved in Access to Design Professions

There are several opportunities detailed on the website at www.AdaptiveEnvironments.org/accessdesign. The International Network of Designers with Disabilities provides an online opportunity for designers with disabilities to connect with people in their own discipline, or geographic area, or who share similar concerns. E-Mentoring establishes mentorships between design professionals and students or entry-level designers with disabilities who are interested in design. E-Mentoring uses an electronic format through the Internet to make relationships around the world. College faculty or staff can also participate in the survey about their campuses. The program is growing; check back periodically to find new opportunities and information.

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