With a reporter’s eye and an insider’s perspective, journalist Eric Garcia chronicles the state of autism in America in “We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation.” Part manifesto, part memoir, and part reported essay, “We’re Not Broken” weaves together personal anecdotes,…
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.
News & Events
For more than 25 years, the Rail~Volution conference has shaped the vision for transit-oriented communities, influencing policies, planning and the way projects are delivered. The conference creates an approachable atmosphere where advocates, practitioners and elected officials work together and…
An inspirational passage into NYC, LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B celebrates arrivals and departures with equal emphasis. It challenges the industry practice of reserving the most monumental spaces for departures while relegating arrivals to low-ceilinged, basement-like zones. The…
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…
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