Jan Majewski Joins IHCD as Advisor, Inclusive Culture and Development

Date: 
Jan 22, 2014
Jan MajewskiIHCD is delighted to announce that one of the nation's most respected experts on accessibility and universal design has joined the organization as Advisor, Inclusive Culture and Development as of January 6th.  Ms. Majewski has been Accessibility Specialist, Disability Rights Section, and U.S. Department of Justice from May 2001 to January 2014. She worked as a team member with Section lawyers and architects in enforcement efforts to research and evaluate subject museums.  She conducted required comprehensive assessment of museum exhibitions, interactives, publications, and spaces for compliance with ADA requirements.  She also worked as a member of Section litigation teams addressing issues of accessible technology.
 
Prior to her work with the U.S. DoJ, Ms. Majewski worked for the Smithsonian Institutions from 1978 until 2001.  Beginning as Coordinator for Special Education, she became Director of Outreach Programs, and went on to found the Institution's Accessibility Program.  She led the team that wrote the first comprehensive set of U.S. museum exhibition accessibility guidelines, the Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design, the most recommended guidance document in the field.
 
She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College and a Master of Education of the Deaf at Smith College.
 
She will work on a range of US projects and will help to build a new collaborative initiative with Ghana, Kenya and Uganda on implementation of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD).