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June 2012
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What's New

IHCD wins NEA Award

ADA's 22nd Anniversary Celebration

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Accessibility and Transit

IHCD will Host a Book Signing

IHCD staff visits Perkins

Don't Leave Me Out!!

Upcoming Conferences & Calls

Become an IHCD Intern

What's New at IHCD Store

Featured Publications

The Future of Children, Vol. 22 "Children with Disabilities"

This Months Sponsor

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IHCD has Been Awarded the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) a New Cooperative Agreement for Design for Accessibility
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We are delighted to announce that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a new Cooperative Agreement for Design for Accessibility to IHCD. This cultural accessibility initiative, jointly sponsored by
the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will develop a comprehensive online technical assistance resource. The new interactive resource will serve as the specialized and comprehensive source of accessibility information designed specifically for cultural organizations, State Arts Agencies and Regional Arts Organizations. IHCD will work closely with the NEA's Office of Accessibility's Project Director, Beth Bienvenue, Ph.D.   


Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

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In Honor of the 22nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, IHCD and the New England ADA Center Invites you to Join us for our July 25th Lunch and Learn.b>

Disability History MuseumPresenter: Laurie Block, founder of the online Disability History Museum. 

July 25th 2012

Time: Noon (lunch will be provided)

Place:Institute for Human Centered Design

200 Portland st. Boston Ma, 02114  


To RSVP for this event please email or call (617)259-1655.




American Sign Language Interpreters and CART will be available.

For additional accommodations please contact us by July 6th.


Lunch will be Donated by:

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City Feed and Supply is a neighborhood grocery, café and deli. Their mission is to build community through service. They do this by providing healthy, local, specialty, fair trade and organic food options. They currently buy from over 30 New England Farms and carry over 600 local and regionally produced items. In these ways, they seek to make a positive impact on our community.  

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - Embracing the Values of Inclusion and Equality

Eli Wolff, Mary Hums and Ted Fay reflect on whether London 2012 will lead to a greater inclusion of persons with disabilities

Image of Mr. Eli Wolff, Dr. Mary Hums, and Dr. Ted Fay 

"The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play."

- Fundamental Principles of Olympism, Olympic Charter


Educating Transit Providers, Architects, and Engineers in Accessibility  


APTA's Rail Accessibility presenters Sitting (l-r): Christopher Hart - IHCD/Appointee to US Access Board, Richard Devylder - US DOT Senior Advisor for Functional Needs, Linda Martin - Federal Railroad Administration General Counsel's Office, Gary Talbot - Amtrak ADA Program Director Standing (l-r): Melissa Shurland - Federal Railroad Administration Next Generation Rail Car Program Manager, Rosanne Goodwill - Federal Railroad Administration Office of Civil Rights

APTA's Rail Accessibility presenters Sitting (l-r): Christopher Hart - IHCD/Appointee to US Access Board, Richard Devylder - US DOT Senior Advisor for Functional Needs, Linda Martin - Federal Railroad Administration General Counsel's Office, Gary Talbot - Amtrak ADA Program Director Standing (l-r): Melissa Shurland - Federal Railroad Administration Next Generation Rail Car Program Manager, Rosanne Goodwill - Federal Railroad Administration Office of Civil Rights

Christopher Hart, IHCD's Director of Transit Projects and Presidential and member of the US Access Board presented at the American Public Transportation Association's Annual Rail Conference in Dallas TX 6/1-4/12.  As chair of the Access Board's Transportation Vehicle committee, Chris joined Richard Devylder, US DOT's Senior Advisor for PWD, various FRA and FTA officials along with Amtrak's ADA Director, Gary Talbot to discuss the design of rail vehicles, platform connectivity, and stations, including the implementation of US DOT's 2011 final rule. Audience members asked about the elimination of the "common wheelchair" definition, lift sizes, whether 91/94 ADAAG should be used during station surveys, why mobile lifts are a last resort for boarding and when level boarding is required.  These workshops are the latest effort to educate transit providers, architects, and engineers to improve their approaches to accessibility. 


For more information contact Chris at


IHCD Will Hosts a Book Signing and Reception for Laurie Hoirup's book I Can Dance: My Life with a Disability

Cover of the book I can Dance, by Laurie HoirupI Can Dance tells of a child diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy who achieved education (bachelor's and master's degree), friendships, family, and professional employment as teacher and administrator. Throughout, the author speaks with frank intimacy about her life with a disability, the good, the bad, and the sometimes strange and surprising. I Can Dance will open eyes and hearts to the potential of people with even severe physical disabilities and show a unique and vibrant individual growing and thriving amidst challenges and opportunities in the lively background of the 1960s and 1970s and beyond, from childhood to grandparenthood. This is a life lived fully and told with enthusiasm. 


Click here to buy the book.....


Date: July 31, 2012

Time: 3-5pm

Place: The Institute for Human Centered Design

200 Portland st. Boston Ma 02114


To RSVP for this even please email or call (617)259-1655. 


The Institute for Human Centered Design Staff visits the Grousbeck Student and Technology Center at Perkins School for the Blind 

Photo of Oce Harrison, David West, Kathy Gips, Willa Crolius, Steven Bassett, Meghan Dufresne, Lise Capet, and Ana Julian
Above from Left to Right: Oce Harrison, David West, Kathy Gips, Willa Crolius, Steven Bassett, Megan Dufresne, Lise Capet, and Ana Julian.

The Institute for Human Centered Design staff members recently visited the Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. Perkins, founded more than 180 years ago, was the first school for the blind in the United States. Today the Perkins School provides education and services for children and adults who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired throughout the United States and with partner programs in 65 countries.


Inspired by Perkins parents Wyc and Corinne Grousbeck's desire to provide a place at Perkins School for the Blind where students can have the kinds of natural social interactions that help youngsters become young adults, the Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology contains space for making music, learning about new technology, practicing vocational skills and simply hanging out. President Steven M. Rothstein provided a guided tour of the Grousbeck Student and Technology Center and the Howe Building.


Visit the Perkins School web site.


 "Don't Leave Me Out!"

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The new international media campaign has launched! Inclusion of quality captioning universally is the mission. Participate and spread the word. We need captions and subtitles every day. Watch the short film, share it, and embed it. Join the CCAC and donate to support the mission.


Click here to watch the film and get involved!

Upcoming Conferences & Calls      

Are you a high school student whose experience with disability has fueled a passion for design? 

Access to Design Professionals Be an IHCD/ADP Summer Intern!!!!!! Just a Couple of Spots Left!


This upcoming summer 2012, IHCD will be hosting a group of students interested in design for a six-week internship. The program meets on Tuesdays & Thursdays, beginning Tuesday, July 10th until Thursday, August 16th. Our interns will gain hands on experience in design as we hire them to be user-experts of ongoing design projects happening in the greater Boston area. You'll get to review and comment on the development of software, websites, Apps, products, and medical devices. You'll also partake an in-depth dissection of accessibility at the Rose Fitzgerald Greenway. Our interns will be given the opportunity to meet and work along side designers, hear their stories and learn the next steps to pursue a career in design. 


The interns will be in the IHCD office 2 days a week, four hours each day for a total of 8 hours per week.It will be a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about different design professions and get to know and ask questions of leaders in the field; so don't miss out! The selected interns will be paid $25 per day that will amount to $300 if they attend every session during the summer.


For applications and more information, contact Willa Crolius at or 617.695.1225 x235

IHCDstore Announcement!!!   

Come and See What's New at IHCDstore!!!! 

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The Ring: Vegetable Brush


Bamboo handle + part natural & recycled bristle blend = entirely earth-friendly. Basically, it's as easy on the earth as the vegetables you clean with it.


Materials: bamboo, natural bristles, recycled plastic bristles
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Featured Publications   

Children with Disabilities 

The Future of Children, Vol. 22, No. 1, Spring 2012

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At a time when the nation's resources for addressing social needs are increasingly constrained, unprecedented numbers of U.S. children are being identified as having special medical and educational needs.


The Future of Children explores childhood disability-its prevalence, nature, treatment, and consequences. Although discussions of childhood disability tend to emphasize particular causes of disability, such as autism, asthma, or cystic fibrosis, this volume focuses not on individual disabilities, but on cross-cutting themes that apply more broadly to the issue of children with disabilities. Contributors to the volume review research on childhood disability, including its definition, its prevalence and trends over time, and the costs that disability imposes both on the individual child and on the child's family. They consider disability within the context of the nation's educational, health insurance, and medical systems and examine the impact of emerging technologies on the experience of disability.

This Months Newsletter Sponsor

Project Dots
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Who they are:

Project Dots, a social venture led by MIT, Harvard and RISD students, is developing a watch brand of universal designs that appeal to and works well for both the blind and non-blind. By building the watch brand in collaborative efforts with the blind community, they aim to establish a bridgehead for linking together the two seemingly disparate groups. It will not only increase the chance to serve the blind directly, but also elevate social awareness of the problems the blind community is facing on a day-to-day basis.


Problems they are trying to solve:

All watches currently in the market for the blind fail to deliver time accurately or quietly in a user-friendly way. The voice watch for the blind, which speaks out the time when the button is pressed, is often prohibitive in public due to the audible disruption or ineffective in loud environments. The only alternative, the analog watch with touchable hour and minute hands, is quite fragile especially with usage that requires touch. The hands are easily moved even when lightly touched which is difficult to discern for the blind. This major lack of time-keeping device has been a significant barrier for vision-impaired people to engage in regular professional and social activities.


Call for interest:

Project Dots is in need of partnership and help from the universal design community and organizations that serve the blind population. They've built the prototype and received positive feedback from blind user groups, but there are numerous challenges, from designing to marketing strategies, before they'll be able to launch the product. The prototype demonstration can be found at Please contact us at if you are interested in working or mentoring Project Dots! 

Your Support  

donate sticker We 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, stocks through our Fidelity brokerage account, 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! 

Newsletter Sponsorship   

E-Newsletter Sponsorship

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.

Please contact Willa Crolius for more information on how to become a sponsor:

Willa Crolius
617-259-1655, x235 (v/tty)

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