Invitation to Join the International Network of Designers with Disabilities

Seeking Designers with Disabilities to Participate in an International Network

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The International Network of Designers with Disabilities is an international affiliation of people with disabilities who work or study in design professions, such as architecture, engineering, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban planning. The Network is part of Access to Design Professions, a project dedicated to finding ways that people with disabilities can enter and sustain themselves in the design professions.

The project was inspired by the late Ron Mace, the promoter and driving force behind the concept of universal design.

Members of the Network agree to allow public circulation of their names, addresses and professional experience to other people in the network. This listing will not be posted on the website.

Network activities may include:

  • Participation in a list-serv discussion sponsored by the Institute for Human Centered Design.
  • One on one contact among members.
  • Social gatherings at design conferences.
  • Forming a caucus of designers with disabilities within each professional organization as part of diversity initiatives sponsored by those organizations.
  • Mentoring students and new professionals.
  • Contributing to a website sponsored by the Institute for Human Centered Design.


The Network will be open to addressing issues of universal design as well as issues of disability within personal, political and professional life. Initial goals of the Network are derived from desires expressed in interviews with an international core group of designers with disabilities.

Network goals include:

(Prioritized by emphasis expressed in interviews of designers with disabilities)

  • Exchange of design information (cross-cultural interaction, linking students and professionals, and personal education).
  • Improving inclusive or universal design.
  • Building community - feeling part of a group (not feeling alone, making connections, reducing anonymity).
  • Disability advocacy in design (political or social activism, affecting built structures as well as policy and law).
  • Professional exposure (visibility and voice within design professions).
  • Introduce and promote opportunities for mentorships.