Oct 18, 2016

Snapshot from the How LEGO Helps videoMatthew Shifrin, a valuable IHCD user/expert and creator of Lego for the Blind website was recently featured on BrainCraft's psychology/neurology YouTube channel. The YouTube video explores how LEGO can bring the world to those with visual impairments. This video comes with video description for screen readers:

View on YouTube: How LEGO Helps Blind People See

BrainCraft is created by Vanessa Hill (@nessyhill) and is brought to you by PBS Digital Studios. Talking psychology, neuroscience & why we act the way we do. 

More information on Matthew's project:

Matthew's website:
Matthew's YouTube channel:
Behind the Scenes: 10000 Digits of Pi with Matthew Shifrin:

Oct 11, 2016
Gallaudet UniversityGallaudet University is the only bilingual liberal arts university in the world where education and research programs for deaf and hard of hearing students are conducted in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. The University benefits from an historic 99 acre campus, which is close to the Capitol, the U.S. National Arboretum, and the White House. The core of this was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (known for New York’s Central Park) in 1866.
The Gallaudet University International Design Competition encompasses: the design of a new Gateway Plaza, a revitalization of the campus’ historic Olmsted Green, and the creation of a new public realm that will integrate the campus with the vibrant urban fabric of a wider regeneration project within Washington, D.C., including the emerging Florida Avenue Market area. This is adjacent to some of the city’s fastest growing and most dynamic mixed-use neighborhoods in NoMa and the H Street corridor.

The competition scope includes design proposals for a visitors’ pavilion located within the Gateway Plaza, as well as conceptual proposals for a landmark building at the epicenter of the campus, which will command views across a number of strategic routes.

Throughout its 150-year history, Gallaudet has served as both a premier academic institution and an internationally recognized centre for Deaf Culture.

Aug 8, 2016

Net Zero Vermont: A connector for real changeAmerica needs a “hometown” that is a model of a sustainable future. Help us create one in Montpelier VT. A $10,000 prize is to be awarded for the best design for that hometown.

The competition focuses on re-imagining a small city whose downtown is largely occupied by parking lots. Such an unsustainable situation requires the best in design and imagination to transform these parking craters into a dense, livable, and fun small urban center which can live on locally produced energy and radically redesigned transportation while providing a place that can house all ages and abilities.

Aug 4, 2016

Matthew Shifrin and his LEGO collection

The home of text-based instructions for commercially-available LEGO sets, which can be built independently by blind or visually impaired people.

Lego for the Blind website

Jul 19, 2016

DCR MassachusettsIHCD has begun work on a multi-faceted scope of work for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).  IHCD will provide consultation, training and plan review to DCR that will analyze compliance with federal law, state code and Forest Service standards as well as global state of the art of inclusive/universal design in the out of doors.  DCR seeks to build upon its 21 years of leadership in the Universal Access program to offer a national model.  The project will include contextual inquiry research with “user/experts” from among people 65+ and people on the Autism Spectrum.  

Jul 19, 2016

Design That Cares CoverThe third edition of the premier wayfinding guide to healthcare, Design that Cares,  has just been published by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant.  IHCD was pleased to provide detailed knowledge of design requirements for people with functional limitations and information about related US legislation and guidelines. 

May 17, 2016

IAUD Award 2016All corporations, organizations, individuals, and groups, inside and outside Japan, that are interested in "innovative UD activities and proposals for achieving a sustainable, harmonious society through the promotion of new and improved concepts in town development, products, and systems" are eligible to apply. Specific businesses, teams and other sub-units of corporations and organizations are also eligible. So long as the work or the example of an activity is the applicant’s own, it does not matter if it has already been published or presented elsewhere.

May 12, 2016

Denise RushDenise Rush, ASID, IIDA, Director of Undergraduate Interior Architecture at the Boston Architectural College, has been named to the Board of the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD).

Apr 11, 2016

Design for All Foundation 2016 laureates and winners

On 22 March 2016, during the Urbaccess fair in Paris, the Design for All Foundation award ceremony took place.

For the 7th edition of the awards, the Foundation awarded a total of 36 projects/products from 12 different countries as “Good Practices 2015” as they had met the assessment criteria. These Good Practices were then assessed in terms of their relevance, methodology, outputs, impact and innovation by an international jury, which included IHCD's Executive Director Valerie Fletcher, to select the five winners of the trophy 2016. Eight Special mentions were also given.