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New MBTA Signage Design for Accessibility
MBTA Announces Improved Bus Stop Signage Pilot as Part of Phase 1 of Bus Network Redesign Today the MBTA announced a pilot that began yesterday, April 8, and will continue through May 3, 2024, to redesign bus stop signs in an effort to improve their accessibility and findability. The MBTA will…
Collage of IHCD staff and engaged Boston Design Week 2023 attendees
We invite you to our day-long open house focused on Inclusive Design on SoWa's First Friday, May 3rd. This event marks IHCD's expanded educational commitment, aiming to impart impactful insights through shared stories and lived experiences. Attendees will delve into comprehensive programming led…
main entrance of Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU)
Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University is proud to unveil its pioneering Black Studies Design & Art minor program, becoming the first Canadian AICAD school to offer it. Dr. Kathy Moscou, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Design, emphasizes its significance in amplifying Black…
Marsha Maytum a women with milky-colored skin and short blonde hair tucked behind her ears. She is wearing black square frame glasses and a bright smile.
Renowned architect Marsha Maytum, co-founder of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA), passed away on February 10 at the age of 69 after bravely battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). While celebrated for her groundbreaking work in green design, Maytum's legacy extends far beyond her…
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With this webcast, IHCD introduces an expanded education commitment. We plan to roll out a mix of webcasts, podcasts, interviews, and case studies this year. We believe that sharing stories and real experience delivers the most impact. Chris Downey lost his sight completely mid-career and created…
Flyer for ANFA John P. Eberhard Student Design Competition
In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, ANFA will host a design competition honoring one of its key founding members and IHCD champion, John P. Eberhard, FAIA. The goal of the competition is to create greater interest and understanding of the…
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Invitation for blind or low-vision middle school students to participate in an accessible interactive fiction story on iPad/iPhone. For blind students, this is an audio game. For low-vision students, it's an audio game with images. Developed by a research team, the game aids in practicing social…
Before Sierra Leone goes to the polls, a training Officer is reading a tactile ballot guide to ensure persons with disabilities know how to vote (United Nations, 2018).
IHCD celebrates World Braille Day, honoring the 200th anniversary of Louis Braille's revolutionary invention.  Recognized since 2019 and observed on January 4th, World Braille Day highlights Braille's crucial role in realizing human rights and freedoms. It is more than a writing system; it…
- Powerchair user and advocate, John Morris. A man with milky skin, blonde hair and visible facial scarring is wearing black glasses, a blue blazer and white button down
We're thrilled to share that John Morris, a recent addition to the IHCD Board, has been named New Mobility's 2023 Person of the Year!  This recognition highlights his outstanding contributions to advancing accessibility and inclusion in air travel. The article delves into John's impactful work and…
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Happy New Year from IHCD! As we step into 2024, we extend our warmest wishes for a year filled with joy, growth and inclusivity. We're grateful for the contributions we've made together in promoting inclusive design, and we're thrilled to embark on exciting developments in the coming months. Stay…