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A Place to Flourish | The Tenth Annual Generative Space Award Call for Proposals

The Generative Space Award recognizes breakthrough designs in health and healthcare. It is a product of The Caritas Project's A Place to Flourish initiative. The Caritas Project is an organization founded and headed…

The International Association for Universal Design logo with year 2019 for the conference

In collaboration with IHCD, the Helen Hamlyn Center for Design at the Royal College of Art, and others, the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) will host the 7th International Conference for Universal Design in Bangkok, Thailand, from…

National Braille Press logo and menu options from website home page

Braille Me is a new refreshable braille reader from Innovision, in India. Through their groundbreaking new technology, using magnetic force to power the braille display, the Braille Me has slashed costs, while keeping a high quality display. This device has 20-cell, 6-dot…

Jan Carpman and Marion Decaillet pose with a conference banner at the MOVE Conference in London

Marion Decaillet, IHCD’s Director of Inclusive Public Transit, and Jan Carpman, PhD, IHCD’s Director of Wayfinding, attended and presented at the MOVE Conference in London, Feb. 12 and 13, 2019, at the ExCel Conference Center. Decaillet and Carpman’s presentation, “Beyond Accessibility:…

Participants at Challenge: Design event discuss their findings in their group

We had an amazing turn out at the Challenge: Design event on January 22nd here at IHCD!

  • Close to forty participants hailed from a variety of sectors; student and full-time designers, individuals in the public health sector, occupational therapy students, marketing…
New England ADA Center Logo

Join IHCD's New England ADA Center at one of its trainings this February on a range of topics including addiction and recovery, employment, effective communication and emergency preparedness. 


New England ADA Center: Data on Disability in Cities and Sub-Groups in the New England Region

IHCD's New England ADA Center releases findings about the true nature of disability in cities and towns in New England.

City Findings:

  • Startling findings show the largest percentage of adults (age 18+) with disabilities have: upper body limitations, mental disabilities, or…
Cover of the UK Design Council Report

The UK Design Council has released their findings of the state of the design economy in the UK during 2018. It has data and new evidence on design's impact and value. On one of the first pages, it reads:

Our role now as Design Council is to make life better by design. So as…

Woman in a wheelchair pointing

This opportunity is comes from Independent Living Research Utilization. The study is called Falls and Fear of Falling in Adults who Require Wheelchairs for Locomotion.

To participate in this study, you must be an adult who:

  • Is at least 18 years old
  • Has a…
Architect Chris Downey walking on the street with his cane

CBS News | 60 Minutes | January 13, 2019

A social worker tried to tell him about "career alternatives" after he lost his sight, but Chris Downey wasn't about to stop being an architect.

At age 45, Chris Downey had pretty much constructed the life he'd always wanted. An architect…