Dec 20, 2012

On December 4 the United States Senate failed to ratify the disability rights treaty by just five votes.  Since the lost vote on December 4, both Republican and Democratic senators have pledged to bring the treaty back for a vote in 2013.  National media coverage and public awareness of the disability rights treaty has exploded.

Click here or the lastest news coverage

Click here to read the convention itself

Dec 3, 2012


"This year’s Paralympic Games were a reminder of the immense potential of persons with disabilities to soar and to inspire. One girl wrote to a Paralympic gold-medal champion, “Watching as you overcome the difficulties of life, reaching for new victories and new heights in sports, I derive strength and inspiration.”


Persons with disabilities have a significant positive impact on society, and their contributions can be even greater if we remove barriers to their participation. With more than one billion persons with disabilities in our world today, this is more important than ever..."

Read the Secretary-General's full message

Nov 26, 2012


Professor Froyen has written an extraordinary book that captures the history and context of the inclusive design movement internationally. He analyzes the opportunity for moving beyond the conceptual commitment to universal design and shares a strategy for tying Christopher Alexander's Pattern Language to user/expert engagement on a large scale that would deliver a greater diversity of ideas, forms and materials for the spectrum of man-made environments to be more inclusively designed. 


To order a copy please contact Willa Crolius at or call (617) 695 1225 x235.

Books are also available at IHCDstore located at 200 Portland St Boston MA, 02114

Nov 1, 2012

The BERKELEY PRIZE supports the study and teaching of the social art of architecture. The online, two-stage Essay Competition (in English) is open to undergraduate architecture majors in accredited schools of architecture throughout the world. The Travel Fellowship Competition and the Architectural Design Fellowship Competition are open to the Essay Competition semifinalists.

Oct 30, 2012

November 15, 2012 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, IHCD is sponsoring a Socially Sustainable Design Symposium at the ArchitectureBoston Expo. It includes 8 sessions. IHCD will also be sponsoring two sessions Friday, November 16, on accessibility.


We have collected some reading materials to give context for the sessions.

You can access the documents here


More information about the symposium (PDF)


Oct 1, 2012

Implementing Article 30.5: The Right to Sport for All Persons with Disabilities happened on Friday, September 14, 2012 at the UN in New York. The event was moderated by IHCD's Eli Wolff. Click here to view the summary in PDF format

Learn more about the Inclusive Sports Initiative at the Institute for Human Centered Design

Sep 24, 2012

ADA Trainer/Information and Outreach Specialist will conduct trainings on all of the Titles of the ADA on behalf of the New England ADA Center.

Read the job posting

Sep 17, 2012

 “I believe that if we think first about people and then try, try, and try again to prototype our designs, we stand a good chance of creating innovative solutions that people will value and enjoy.” (Moggridge, 07)

New York Times Obituary

Aug 24, 2012

#onemovement Raising awareness for the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in sports through reflections on humanity, diversity, universal design and social justice.

Check out the #onemovement hashtag on Twitter

Aug 23, 2012

The London Paralympic Games run from August 29 until September 9. The XIV Summer Paralympics will have 4,200 athletes from around the world competing in 20 different sports over the course of the games.

Official Website

Read about the tranformation of Olympic Park in preparation for the Paralympic Games

Coverage of the games