Nov 14, 2013

Chris Downey, who went blind suddenely in 2008, talked about his different experiences in cities as a sighted and then as a blind person in an October TED Talk in San Francisco called "Design with the blind in mind". 

View Chris' TED Talk here

Chris presented at ABX in session B49 Design Strategies and Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired part of IHCD's Socially Sustainable Design Track.

Oct 28, 2013
On November 21, 2013 the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Comittee held the second hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.The Senate is considering the treaty for the second time after falling short of ratification last December. 
The petiton for ratification has over 60,000 signatures and the number is still growing. Visit where you can learn more information about the treaty and sign a petition to let your senators know you support ratification.
Aug 28, 2013

United NationsIn a historic decision, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly today approved by consensus a proclamation establishing an International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The Day will be celebrated each year on 6 April, the date of the opening of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, by UN member states and other stakeholders.

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Aug 26, 2013

Valuing the Art of Industrial Design uses fresh statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office to describe the industrial designer workforce, the sectors that hire them, where industrial designers work, what they and their firms earn, and what kinds of product innovations they make.

Read about the report on the NEA's website

Aug 12, 2013

Bestowed annually since 1988, the Preservation Achievement Awards honor outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston. Celebrated for their positive impact on the city's built environment, winning projects are looked upon as models for future preservation work. The renovation of Boston Architectural College's (BAC) 951 Boylston St. building by the IHCD Studio was selected as one of the winners for 2013.

Read more on BAC's website

Full List 2013 Boston Preservation Alliance Achievement Award of winners

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