Building Careers in Design

Photo of architect Robert Nichols presenting a plan to the mayor of Buffalo.

Left: Architect Robert Nichols and the Mayor of Buffalo, NY discuss a waterfront plan for the city of Buffalo.

Building Careers in Design is an online course created for vocational rehabilitation counselors, disability services staff in higher education, and career counselors, originally funded by a contract with the RSA National Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center. Graduate credits are available through the Interwork Institute of San Diego State University, and Vocational Rehabilitation counselors can earn 30 CRC credits.

The course entails distance learning and the introduction to web resources about career development in the design professions for people with disabilities. Students interact in weekly discussion boards that facilitate peer problem solving as well as cross-discipline communication. The course is also appropriate for students and professors in rehabilitation and career counseling. People with disabilities exploring options for a career in design could also benefit from this course.

Building Careers In Design encourages the participation of people with disabilities in the design professions in order to strengthen the practice of universal design in creating more inclusive communities. A book of profiles of 21 designers with disabilities from around the world was published in 2002. Building a World Fit for People: Designers with Disabilities at Work This link will open a new browser window. is available for downloading. It is a text for the online course. Print copes are available for sale.

Brought to you by the Institute for Human Centered Design & Interwork Institute, with original funding provided by the RSA National Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance.

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