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December 2011
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Revised ADA Checklist

Fletcher Keynotes UD Conference in Paris

IHCD & New Ecology Awarded New Project

Co-production of Physical Products and Value Co-creation

Closed Captioning on Continental

DCR Winter Activities

Upcoming Conferences & Calls

Santa Clara Brain Injury Conference

Generative Space Awards

Abilities Expo Boston

IMETI 2012

Newsletter Sponsor

Jiwon Park

IHCDstore Holiday Coupon

10% off!

Featured Publications

Make it Better

Your Support

E-Newsletter Sponsorship



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Revised ADA Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal from IHCD's New England ADA Center
 ADA Checklist announcement
This checklist created by IHCD's New England Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center is based on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. It updates the original ADA Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal which was based on the 1991 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The original checklist was issued in 1992 and revised in 1995.

The ADA requires public accommodations (businesses and non-profit organizations) to provide goods and services to people with disabilities on an equal basis with the rest of the public. Businesses and non-profit organizations that serve the public are to remove architectural barriers when it is "readily achievable" to do so. Please see the website for a word fillable form, word non-fillable form, and plain text version.

For questions on the checklist, please call 617-695-0085 voice/tty or

Valerie Fletcher Keynotes First French Conference on Universal Design

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Valerie Fletcher, IHCD's Executive Director, presented in Paris earlier this month to the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing on the definition and tenets of universal design, and the universal design movement within the United States and Japan. She then keynoted the first Universal Design Conference in France hosted by the Ministry and the National Advisory Council of Accessibility and Universal design. Valerie will be returning to Paris next month to speak at another conference and meeting with a variety of organizations and model projects.
IHCD & New Ecology Inc. Awarded New Project by Enterprise Green Communities
Enterprise Green Communities LogoThe Institute for Human Centered Design and New Ecology Inc. have been awarded a new project by the Enterprise Green Communities: The two organizations will partner for the Development of Universal Design Specifications for Single Family and Multifamily Buildings.

Enterprise Green Communities provides funds and expertise to enable developers to build and rehabilitate homes that are healthier, more energy efficient and better for the environment -- without compromising affordability. Green Communities also assists state and local governments to ensure their housing and economic development policies are smart and sustainable. Green Communities homes are built according to the Green Communities Criteria, the first national framework for healthy, efficient, environmentally smart affordable homes.


Co-production of Physical Products and Value Co-creation  

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The Inclusive Design Research Group is collaborating with the University of Exeter on the project "Co-production of Physical Products and Value Co-creation - Scalability in the Wild" (funded by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council EP/I006885/I).

The research aims to take a significant step towards collective user creativity in designing physical products, concurrently generating added value and superior user experience. It explores co-creation digital technologies and new business models through implementing and evaluating user-based design, production and web service platforms. The project is led by Dr L Hao at the University of Exeter.

For more information, visit the Inclusive Design Research website.



Closed Captioning Now Available for Live Television Onboard Continental Airlines

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LiveTV is proud to announce that, for the first time in the history of inflight entertainment, closed captioning is now available for live television content onboard an aircraft.  This system enhancement is a major step forward in delivering the excitement of inflight entertainment to those passengers with hearing disabilities and continues to drive towards LiveTV's goal of a fully realized "At Home in the Air" experience for each of its end-users.

The Closed Captioning enhancement will initially be offered to passengers on all LTV3-equipped Boeing 737NG aircraft operated by Continental Airlines, a subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, thereby putting each customer in control of the feature while interacting with the 100+ channels of DIRECTV-provided satellite television available onboard. Continental will be the first airline in the world to provide this feature to its passengers.


DCR Winter Universal Access Program Activities   

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This month begins the Department of Conservation and Recreation's (DCR) Accessible Winter Activities calendar. DCR's Universal Access Program will sponsor a wide variety of adaptive cold-weather recreation opportunities at locations across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Designed for people with disabilities and their families and friends, the programs are free. Pre-registration is required. Activities offered through March include accessible cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, kick sledding, snowmobiling. Staff assistance and free use of accessible equipment, such as sit skis and kick sleds, will be available.

DCR's Universal Access Program is one of the most innovative accessible state park programs in the nation. It enables people with disabilities to participate in a wide variety of activities, making recreation programs in Massachusetts more inclusive. DCR invites participants to come out and enjoy the various adaptive winter programs, and is also looking for volunteers to assist with them. Interested volunteers should call Heidi Marie-Peterson at 413-577-3840. Two trainings are scheduled: January 7 at Wendell State Forest and January 22 at the Weston Ski Track.

For additional information on DCR's Universal Access Program, a schedule of activities, and to preregister, visit and click on "universal access."
Upcoming Conferences & Calls      

Santa Clara Brain Injury Conference
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The Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury Conference: Building on the Legacy of Coma to Community will be held February 23-25, 2012 at the historic Dolce Hayes Mansion in San José, California. This second annual conference follows the sold-out 2011 reintroduction of the Coma to Community Conference hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center from 1977 through 1995.


The conference program planned for 2012 includes two half-day pre-conference workshops and a full day pre-conference training for individuals pursuing ACBIS brain injury certification. The main conference will be two days of multidisciplinary state of the art educational sessions, Partering with the Brain Injury Association of California,Veterans Affairs, the California Department of Rehabilitation, and community-based service providers. They have expanded their format and anticipate an audience of 750 rehabilitation professionals representing a variety of disciplines.

Read more about the conference today!

The Generative Space Award Call for Entries

Generative Space Award Call for Entries
Produced by the Caritas Project, the Generative Space Award recognizes break-through designs that improve health and healthcare. Submit your recent projects that clearly demonstrate the integration of the physical and social environments to make your community A Place to Flourish®. All settings that satisfy the entry requirements are eligible for this award.

The deadline for submittals is June 15, 2012. All information and rules about this award are available at
IHCD is a co-sponsor.
Abilities Expo Boston in 2013

Abilities Expo LogoThe Abilities Expo Boston is to be held September 20-22, 2013 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). The Abilities Expo is a series of consumer exhibitions held around the country each year for members of the disability community. The Abilities Expo is a free event for consumers and their families, designed to provide them with the latest information and resources available to people with disabilities.

Visit the Abilities Expo website to learn more and get involved.


5th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation Call for Papers

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The 5th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation: IMETI 2012 Organizing Committee invites you to submit a paper/abstract to be presented in the conference in Orlando, Florida, USA, from July 17th - July 20th, 2012

The deadline of paper/abstract submission and invited session proposals is January 10th, 2012. The deadlines for notification to authors and camera ready upload can be found at the conference web site. A best paper will be selected for each session, and an award certificate will be delivered in the award ceremony to the respective author. The best 20% of the papers presented at the conference will also be published in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (All papers to be presented at the conference will be included in the conference proceedings)

Learn more about the conference and call for paper submissions.   

IHCD Newsletter Sponsor     


IHCD Newsletter Sponsor - Jiwon Park

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Jiwon Park is working towards his Masters Degree at the Rhode Island School of Design, and also is the founder of a non-profit social venture called 1/2 PROJECT, a new type of donation campaign using unique design.

1/2 PROJECT provides an opportunity for individual to make small donations part of their day-to-day purchasing habits. 1/2 PROJECT is a medium for connecting people to existing business enterprises and NGOs. 1/2 PROJECT was initiated in South Korea in 2009, and 2011 marked the year that they began expanding into the US.

To learn more, please contact Jiwon Park.
IHCDstore Holiday Coupon    

Happy Holidays from IHCDstore!

IHCDstore Products

Shop at IHCDstore this holiday season for products that look as good as they work!

Enter Coupon Code Holiday11 at the time of checkout when purchasing products on, or mention "Holiday" when shopping at IHCDstore at 200 Portland Street, Boston to receive 10% off the total purchase!
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Featured Publications   

Make it Better: Designing Out Medical Error

Make it Better Cover This publication from the Helen Hamlyn Centre presents the design outputs from the DOME (Designing Out Medical Error) project, a three-year study funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council).

Publisher: Helen Hamlyn Centre, Royal College of Art, London, 2011 

Details: 240mm x 170mm, 24pp, colour, illustrated


Authors: Oliver Anderson, Grace Davey, Jonathan West
Editor: Jeremy Myerson
Design: Maureen Valfort
Printed by: Redlin Print Limited


To order a free copy please email

Your Support  

donateWe invite you to consider IHCD in your giving plans. We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization so your full donation can be taken as a tax deduction.  A great deal of work, especially those projects working on inclusive design with low-income communities in the US and developing nations around the world, are not supported by contract or foundation support.

Your gift can help keep that important work alive. IHCD welcomes your support at any level and can accommodate gifts of both cash and other forms of assets. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Gabriela Sims at or she can be reached at 617-695-1225 x222.

Thank you for your consideration! 

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IHCD's electronic newsletters feature news, recent presentations by IHCD staff, upcoming lectures and events, publications, and new IHCDstore products. Sponsors of the newsletters will receive prominent, exclusive placement.

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