Dec 23, 2013

Brian Mullen, Ph.D. and CEO of Therapeutic Systems is an entrepreneur, design engineer and researcher with a passion for designing innovative medical products and assistive technologies. He won a Gold Award in 2011 from the highly competitive Mass Challenge.

See a recent TEDx talk by Brian

Dec 16, 2013

The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is pleased to announce a  formal collaboration and new project of IHCD: Access Recreation Boston.  The project's mission is to increase and enhance recreation opportunities for people with disabilities in the greater Boston area.  The leadership team, comprised of some of the area's most innovative leaders in inclusive sport, who include in 2013 Marcin Kunicki, Director of Community Boating's Universal Access Program, Karen Foster, Executive Director of All Out Adventures, Chenine Peloquin, Director of Recreation for EMARC, Tom McCarthy, Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's DCR's Universal Access Program.

Dec 12, 2013

IAUD Awards 2013 had 38 entries from all over the world. The Awards 2013 Selection Committee judged the entries rigorously and impartially and they selected Grand Award,6 Gold Awards,7 Silver Awards and 14 IAUD Awards of each category. The IAUD Awards 2013 ceremony was held at the site of the “IAUD 10th Anniversary memorial event” on November 21st, 2013 at the FUJI ZEROX R&D SQUARE in Yokohama City.

Read about the awards

Dec 9, 2013

The Department of Justice announced on Friday, December 6 that a settlement had been reached with Newseum Inc., which owns and operates the Newseum, to address alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Please pay particular attention to the appendices that detail expectations.

The Department of Justice press release on the settlement

Dec 6, 2013

Arts and Cultural Production Account for 3.2 Percent -- or $504 Billion -- of Gross Domestic Product in 2011

Read the full report

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.

Read the story on

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