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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…

Challenge: Design Poster

Hello everyone! We are very excited to announce a new event here at IHCD! Challenge: Design is all about engaging with designers, students, user/experts, and the public to develop an understanding of inclusive design and create a more open, collaborative and diverse design community. The event…

The human brain drawn with colorful lines and dots

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After graduating with a master's degree in applied math, Oliver Wilcox was ready to start a career. He aced every data analytics tests put forth by the hiring departments at major companies, yet Oliver still came up short during the interview process…

Kathy Gips, Director of Training at the NE ADA Center/ Institute for Human Centered Design

Our very own Kathy Gips, Director of Training for the New England ADA Center, will be presenting at the Architecture Boston Expo this fall. Kathy will be speaking on two panels on November 28th. The first one, "WE05 - ADA Updates 2018" from 8:30 am to 10 am, discusses new updates from the U.S.…

Sarah Weir, Design Council's CEO

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Sarah Weir, Design Council's CEO, answers questions like "What do you think of when you hear diversity and inclusion? What impact does diversity and inclusion have on your life? How are design, diversity and inclusion linked?" 

Design is…