Online Course April 7, 2008 to May 17, 2008 [Archived]




This letter is a special invitation to learn more about a career field that can be especially appropriate to individuals with disabilities who have a good eye, a sense of proportion, and a desire to make things accessible and inclusive for themselves and others. It is the field of design.

Do you have any artistic or design-oriented women or men in your caseload? Whether it is careers in architecture, interior design, landscape design, or in the planning, drafting or design functions performed on the computer, design is a field that touches dramatically on independence, movement, adaptability, and accessibility.

Design fields are often overlooked as career options for people with disabilities. In order to correct this oversight, we are offering Building Careers in Design, an online course for counselors and support professionals who serve people with disabilities.

Building Careers in Design is a six week 30 CRC credit online course that begins April 7, 2008. It is offered through the Interwork Institute of San Diego State University, in cooperation with the Institute for Human Centered Design, Boston, MA. Daniel Hunter, ASLA, is the course instructor and Jacklyn Butcher, CRP, is course facilitator. The course fee is $300 and includes materials. See below "How to Register" You can register online now, via PayPal or an agency voucher.

The course will provide career and rehabilitation counselors with knowledge that they can use with people with disabilities to help them begin training for quality careers in a range of design fields. Design fields such as architecture, landscape design, web design, urban design, and industrial design. are often overlooked as career options for people with disabilities. Initially developed by the Institute for Human Centered Design through a contract with the RSA National Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center, the course is part of 'Building Careers in Design,' a web-based training and technical assistance project. Building Careers in Design includes extensive web resources on design careers for career seekers, counselors, disability services staff, human resource personnel, and families.

Counselors from VR agencies in California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon, Oklahoma, Missouri, Minnesota, New York and Michigan have participated in previous courses. The counselors applauded the in-depth content, access to successful designers with disabilities, and easy to use online resources that enabled them to assess interests and develop well-documented Individual Plans for Employment (IPE).

The Building Careers in Design project is part of Access to Design Professions, which is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts Leadership Initiative in Universal Design. Access to Design Professions was developed by the Institute for Human Centered Design as a living memorial to the late Ron Mace FAIA, with the belief that the practice of universal design will be improved by the involvement of designers with disabilities.

If you want more information about the course and the registration process, please email Daniel Hunter (

Thank you for your interest.

Elaine Ostroff, Project Director, Building Careers in Design


Course Faculty

Course instructor Daniel Hunter

Daniel G. Hunter, the lead developer and course instructor, is Associate Director, Access to Design Professions. He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in landscape architecture with assistance from his state vocational rehabilitation agency. He also holds a BA in French, and he taught elementary school until disability and restrictive design made that impossible. Hunter conducted the initial research with designers with disabilities, is a co-author of Building a World Fit for People: Designers with Disabilities at Work This link will open a new browser window. and coordinates the International Network of Designers with Disabilities. He became interested in design when he noticed that the built environment interfered with his parenting two active daughters. He lives in Oregon.


Jacklyn Butcher, the course co-instructor, lives in Santa Barbara, California and is a Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the California Department of Rehabilitation. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, with a Bachelor's degree in Law and Society from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master's degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University. In addition to her counseling responsibilities, her interest in creative ideas for change has resulted in membership on Department task force committees and workgroups over the years. One committee project closely related to the Building Careers in Design course is the development of the current Individualized Plan for Employment adopted by the Department.