Aug 5, 2013

Sefakor Komabu Pomeyie, a former intern at IHCD, is mounting Accessible Schools Campaign in Ghana through her organization Enlightening and Empowering People with Disabilities in Africa to help ensure that the approximately 2 million people with disabilities in Ghana have full access to their rights to education.

Read her blog post about the project

Jul 26, 2013

DeafSpace design seeks to codify responses to common situations standing in the way of safe, fluid conversation for people who use sign language. The list includes uneven pavements; narrow passages; unexpected steps; inadequate lighting; backlighting; glare from white walls; wall colors that blend with skin tones; and, especially, fixed-row auditorium seating, which blocks the visibility required for communication. It was created by Hansel Bauman who will be presenting as a part of IHCD's Social Sustainable Design Symposium at ArchitectureBoston Expo in November.

Read "Clear Line of Sight", an article about the new building.

Jul 16, 2013

Michael Winter, a long-time disability advocate and employee of the U.S. Department of Transportation passed away suddenly the evening of July 11.

In an interview with Independence Today done in 2007, Winter – a fixture in disability advocacy since the 1960’s – described himself as “a father, son, civil rights activist, former president of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), director of an agency in the federal bureaucracy.... and a Chicago Bears fan.”

Read the National Council on Disability's rememberances

Jul 3, 2013

The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Diplomatic Conference for Visually Impaired Persons concluded today in Marrakesh, Morocco with a signing ceremony for the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Read the rest of press release

Jun 26, 2013

Sam Farber, who was spurred by a fiend in the form of a vegetable peeler to start Oxo, the housewares manufacturer whose ergonomic rubber handles grace its kitchen utensils in many homes, died on Sunday in East Meadow, N.Y. He was 88.

Read Sam Farber's full obituary

Jun 21, 2013

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.

Read the obituary

Jun 13, 2013

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. 


Jun 3, 2013

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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View the full website to see other materials including photos and videos

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May 28, 2013

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:

To find out more about the book, please visit the Directional Sense website

Buy Directional Sense

May 21, 2013

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.

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