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Universal Design Articles, Books and Exhibits Online

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Fun or Interesting Sites about Design

  • HowDesign
    http://justcreative.com/2008/06/13/how-to-design-learn-the-basics/
    An online periodical, HOW Magazine provides graphic-design professionals with essential business information, links to resources.
  • Bad Human Factors Designs
    http://www.baddesigns.com/
    A scrapbook of illustrated examples of things that are hard to use because they do not follow human factors principles.
  • Public Architecture
    http://www.publicarchitecture.org/index.htm
    Public Architecture is a new model for architectural practice. Supported by the generosity of foundation, corporate, and individuals grants and donations, Public Architecture works outside the economic constraints of conventional architectural practice, providing a stable, ongoing venue where architects can work for the public good.
  • Design Aerobics
    http://www.designboom.com/
    what is design-aerobics? online education based on exercises; designboom's mission is to be the top global provider of most current, non commercial information. for people seeking knowledge and fun. a great way to enhance professional skills and enrich personal development.

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Design Professions Market Analysis and Job Descriptions

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Universal Design

  • Institute for Human Centered Design
    http://www.Humancentereddesign.org/
    Adaptive Environments/Institute for Human-Centered Design is a 30 year old educational non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities. Adaptive Environments' work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human centered or universal design.
  • AARP
    http://www.aarp.org/universalhome/
    Universal Design and Home of the Future Detailed views, features, and interactive tours of universally designed homes.
  • The Center for Universal Design, College of Design, North Carolina State University
    http://www.ncsu.edu/www/ncsu/design/sod5/cud/
    Founded by Ron Mace, the Center is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes universal design in housing, public and commercial facilities, and related products. It is also an RERC on Universal Design and the Built Environment.
  • The IDEA Center
    http://idea.ap.buffalo.edu/home/
    Home of the RERC on Universal Design and the Built Environment of the University at Buffalo . Includes Bright Ideas, publications, software, videos on accessibility as well as universal design. Recent publications, Universal Design New York , 1 and 2 are available on their site.
  • The European Institute for Design and Disability
    http://www.design-for-all.org/
    EIDD was founded in Dublin in 1993 with the aim of promoting better design for people with disabilities. The founding philosophy of the Institute has always been embedded in design-for-all, a philosophy which aims to improve the life of everyone through design. Their website is intended for any professional with an interest in design for all. The site contains information on product, graphics, transport, interior and access design and will soon have information on standards and other data.
  • Helen Hamlyn Research Center
    http://www.hhc.rca.ac.uk/
    Based at the Royal College of Art in London, this includes a great concept called "Design for our future selves." This is a big idea; it helps design students and other people get beyond the idea that all this design attention is for some statistical "other." It's not about them - it's about us.
  • The Kyoyo-Hin Foundation
    http://kyoyohin.org/eng/
    This foundation has created and promoted many universally usable products. One famous one you can see in your mind's eye: imagine washing your hair, eyes closed to avoid the soap and trying to identify which is the shampoo and which is the conditioner. The Kyoyo-Hin folks have added tactile markings on the conditioner bottle so that anyone can tell by feel which is which.
  • National Center for Accessibility
    http://www.ncaonline.org
    A collaborative program of Indiana University and the National Park Service, the National Center on Accessibility is the nation's premiere resource promoting access for people with disabilities in recreation. Through the comprehensive services of Research, Technical Assistance and Education, NCA focuses on universal design and practical accessibility solutions creating inclusive recreation opportunities for people of all abilities.
  • The Trace Resource and Development Center
    (http://www.trace.wisc.edu/
    International leader in information technologies, the Trace Center is the home of the new RERC on accessibility and usability of standard information and interface technologies by people with disabilities. They are the original source for most of the accessibility innovations built into computer operating systems, into telecommunications equipment, and consumer products. Site includes wide range of information on accessible technology including Information Transaction Machines (ITMs), list discussion groups, and more.
  • U.S. Access Board - Regulations About Accessible Technology
    http://www.access-board.gov/508.htm
    These were published in December, 2000 and are available on the Access Board website. They provide the necessary criteria for accessibility for such technology and promote human-centered design using performance-based standards that address the variety of access needs among users with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. Section 508 speaks to various means for disseminating information, including computers, software, and electronic office equipment. It also applies to Federal pages on the Internet.
  • Universal Design Education On Line
    www.udeducation.org
    Huge array of teaching content on universal design, along with extensive readings, links to articles, international organizations, Calendar, Calls for competitions, and interactive educator's forums.
  • UniversalDesign.Com
    http://www.universaldesign.com/
    This website provides information about Universal Designers and Consultants, Inc. and serves as a resource and a portal and resource for universal design and accessibility.”

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Professional Design Organizations, Resources

  • Architecture
    • American Institute of Architects
      http://www.aia.org/
      The AIA is a membership organization and the established 'voice of the profession.' The web site includes 'Knowledge communities, groupings that reflect wide range of interests including Liveable Communities , sustainable design, historic preservation, urban design, and diversity.
    • American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
      http://www.aias.org
      This active association of students has chapters in most schools and is represented on the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Use their website to hear the students' voices and find excellent resources.
    • AIA Diversity and Inclusion Resource Center of Excellence
      http://www.aia.org/about/initiatives/AIAS078656?dvid=&recspec=AIAS078656
      The AIA Diversity and Inclusion ressource center of Excellence strives to expand the diversity of the design professions to mirror the society that we serve; to promote awareness of the contributions of architects from under-represented racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability groups; to encourage alternatives to traditional practice models; and to provide opportunities for an ever-greater variety of individuals to become architects, take advantage of leadership opportunities and influence our practices and our professional lives.
    • ArchVoices
      http://www.archvoices.org
      ArchVoices is an independent, nonprofit think tank on architecture education and internship. It is the voice of young professionals. The goal is communication among interns. There are over 15,500 individual subscribers who receive a weekly newsletter. The website includes an archive and resource issues, including one on universal design.
    • The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
      http://www.acsa-arch.org/
      The ACSA has over 250 schools in several membership categories. These include full membership for all accredited programs in the United States and government-sanctioned schools in Canada , candidate membership for schools seeking accreditation, and affiliate membership for schools for two-year and international programs. Website has excellent career development information and an online guide to architecture schools and programs.  http://www.acsa-arch.org/schools/guide-to-architecture-schools/search-the-guide
    • National Architectural Accrediting Board
      http://www.naab.org/
      The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture. NAAB is comprised of representatives from the 4 collateral organizations in architecture: AIA, ACSA, NCARB, and AIAS.
    • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
      http://www.ncarb.org/
      The mission of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards is to work together as a council of member boards to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public. They are responsible for the licensing of architects and work closely with the other key architectural associations. Website includes ' Pathways to Architecture ' (a Flash movie) to learn more about the steps that lead to a career in architecture.
    • U.S. Green Building Council
      http://www.usgbc.org/
    • Bureau of Labor Statistics
      http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos038.htm
    • Society of American Registered Architects (SARA)
      http://www.sara-national.org/
      SARA offers a variety of membership services and programs, including a professional referral service, seminars in conjunction with its annual conference, professional and student design awards competitions and issues development to strengthen and protect the interests of practicing architects.
    • The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
      http://www.noma.net/
      NOMA mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members.
       
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Landscape Architecture
    • American Society of Landscape Architects
      http://www.asla.org
      The basic site to find accredited schools, reports from the Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board, career information, professional library, conferences, etc.
    • Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
      http://www.thecela.org/
      The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture is composed of virtually all of the programs of landscape architecture in the United States and Canada . The members of the faculty of these institutions are invited to participate in the Council.
    • Landscape Architecture Profession
      http://www.laprofession.org/
      For scholarship and other career information on landscape architecture.
    • Bureau of Labor Statistics, Landscape architecture
      http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos039.htm
       
  • Interior Design
  • Urban Design/Urban Planning

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Schools of Design

This list focuses on design schools in areas where course participants are located.

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Links to Community Colleges

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Equipment and Accommodations Resources

  • Purchase the thorough resource, The Workplace Workbook 2.0 from author Jim Mueller. Contact: jlminc@monumental.com . This workbook is a valuable tool for anyone who is disabled and needs to set up an office or studio workspace. It will assist in making requests for the proper accommodations, and in evaluating one's needs for accommodations.
  • JAN - Job Accommodation Network - askjan.org . JAN is a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the ADA , and the employability of people with disabilities. It is the best place to start when looking for equipment accommodations.
  • ADA and IT Centers
    These are the federally-funded national system of 10 regional centers that provide technical assistance, training and authoritative information on all aspects of the ADA including employment. Each center can be reached a common toll-free number, 1800 949 4232.They also provide resources on information technology. Locate the center nearest you through www.adata.org
  • WebABLE
    http://www.icdri.org/index.html
    This is a website for disability-related internet resources. The goal is to stimulate education, research, and development of technologies that will ensure accessibility for people with disabilities to advanced information systems and emerging technologies.
  • A book, Constructing Accessible Web Sites , may be purchased at Amazon.com. See review at http://www.nod.org/content.cfm?id=1085
    A new book on the construction of accessible web sites and the legal and policy factors that are involved in that construction is available now!  This is the most complete book on the subject ever to have been published.  It covers technical, implementation and legal and policy issues. It can be used by everyone who has any involvement with web sites in any way from the CEO of the corporation, who sets policy, to the people who code the web pages. This book is a must read for everyone involved in electronic and information technology from top management on down to those responsible for the technical implementation of the web based technology.  
  • National Business and Disability Council
    http://www.business-disability.com/
    The NBDC assists the business community in providing full access to their places of business and employment. In addition to information about the organization and its services to businesses, this site has a resume posting service for college graduates with disabilities.
  • DisabilityInfo.gov
    http://www.disability.gov/
    A comprehensive online resource specifically designed to provide people with disabilities with information.
  • DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology)
    http://www.washington.edu/doit/
    DO-IT works to increase the successful participation of people with disabilities in academic programs and careers. DO-IT uses adaptive technology and the Internet to maximize independence, productivity and participation. It provides instructional materials regarding the transition from high school to college and school to work.
  • The  Assistive Technology, Strategies, Tools, Accommodations and Resources 
    http://www.atstar.org/  

  • Reasonable Accommodation and Disability Discrimination
    http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/disability.cfm

  • The Guide to Disability Rights Laws from Department of Justice
    http://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm
     

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Disability and Employment Resources

  • The Institute for Independent Living is an international site for disability issues at http://www.independentliving.org/ . Adolf Ratzka, the man behind this, is an international leader in the disability movement. He said in an interview, "I cannot go by ordinary bus. Is that because I had polio 37 years ago, or because the transport authority doesn't buy buses that will work for everybody?" The site includes universal design as well as everything from personal assistance cooperatives to legislative advocacy to the 'Joelette', a mountain climbing rig one father designed so that his significantly disabled son could mountain climb with the family.
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy
    http://www.dol.gov/odep/
    The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is an agency within the U. S. Department of Labor. ODEP provides national leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities while striving to eliminate barriers to employment.
  • EARN, Employer Assistance and Resource Network
    http://askearn.org/  
    A national toll-free telephone and electronic information referral service designed to assist employers in locating and recruiting qualified workers with disabilities.
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    http://www.eeoc.gov/
    Established by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and operating since July 2, 1965, the EEOC is the enforcing agency for several discrimination-related federal statutes, including Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibits employment discrimination against individuals with disabilities.
  • The ADA : A Primer for Small Business
    http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/adahandbook.cfm
    An overview of the basic requirements of Title I of the ADA . The Primer also includes information about tax incentives for hiring and retaining qualified individuals with disabilities and resources that will help small businesses locate and accommodate qualified people with disabilities.
  • E-Mentoring project of Access to Design Professions
    If you are disabled and interested in design as a profession, see the website for Access to Design Professions  or email Ruth Lusher (rlusher@ahumancentereddesign.org). You will be matched with and then introduced to a professional in the field of your choice for a mentoring relationship via an online exchange. Your E-Mentor will be ready to discuss your questions about the profession or about professional preparation.
  • Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
    http://www.cosdonline.org/
    COSD is consortium composed of large & small universities, national employers and US Government agencies focused on the career employment of college graduates with disabilities. COSD is funded through a grant provided by the U. S. Dept of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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"Invisible" Disabilities Resources

  • National Center for Learning Disabilities
    http://www.ncld.org/
    Nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by learning disabilities. National information and referral, public outreach and communications, and legislative advocacy and public policy.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America
    http://www.ldaamerica.org/
    Provides general information about learning disabilities, while local chapters provide referrals to physicians and treatment centers.
  • SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center
    http://store.samhsa.gov/home
    Provides info about mental health via a toll-free number, web site and more than 200 publications. Developed for users of mental health services & their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media.

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