Jul 29, 2014

Art Works, National Endowment for the ArtsThe National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a 2014 Art Works grant to conduct a new initiative, Designing for People, User/Experts in Schools of Design.  This project builds on 14 years of IHCD’s Access to Design Professions and knits the project into IHCD’s commitment to engaging user/experts.  User/Experts are people with lived experience of functional limitations whose personal experience interacting with the environment can offer detailed insight into design that works and to creating transformative learning experiences for design students. The project will work with design schools within a 50-mile radius of IHCD's headquarters. If you are a user/expert already in our database or interested in participating in this project, please email Willa Crolius, Director of the User/Expert Lab @

Jul 25, 2014

Design CouncilThe Design Council (UK) has created the Inclusive Design Hub for the built environment. It covers buildings and outdoor spaces, in all phases of development including planning, design and construction, right through to the management of those buildings and places. It is a collection of resources and we do not promote the use of one over the other.

Visit the Inclusive Design Hub for the built environment

Jul 16, 2014

Register for The 5th International Conference for Universal Design in Fukushima & Tokyo 2014 to be held November 11-13 in Tokyo.

Early-Bird Registration Deadline: July 31

Advance Registration Deadline: October 31

For more details, visit the Registration Page on the conference website

Jun 25, 2014
Jun 16, 2014

Measuring the gap between subway car and platformThe City of Cambridge is looking for a group of individuals with a diverse range of abilities and backgrounds to go out with a group of designers from the Institute for Human Centered Design to assess your experience with public transit and how we can make it better. 


May 29, 2014

Fair Housing Accessibility FirstJune 3, 2014 - Forsyth, Georgia
June 10, 2014 - West Sacramento, California
June 12, 2014 - Denver Colorado

May 28, 2014

On May 27, 2014, HUD announced issuance of a Notice permitting use of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design under title II of the ADA, with identified exceptions (see Section V of the Notice), as an alternative to UFAS for Section 504 compliance. The Notice was published in the Federal Register on Friday, May 23, 2014 with the established effective dates.

Read the notice in PDF or Word Format

Read the press release

May 1, 2014

Fair Housing Accessibility FirstMay 15, 2014 - Boise, Idaho
May 21, 2014 - St. Louis, Missouri
May 29, 2014 - St. Paul, Minnesota
May 29, 2014 - Austin, Texas

Apr 23, 2014

The Moscow TimesU.S. Specialists Visit Moscow School for Disabled

Three staff members of Boston's Institute for Human Centered Design teamed up with Perspektiva, a Moscow-based NGO that strives to improve the well-being of disabled people, to share experiences on providing the best possible care and facilities at Moscow's Special School No. 532.

Read the story in the Moscow Times

Mar 31, 2014

In honor of the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we are proud to host an exhibition of artist with disabilities as well as hold a poetry slam with poets or spoken word artists with disabilities at the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD).