Susan Ruptash

IHCD's Socially Sustainable Design Symposium at ABX 2014

Susan Ruptash from Quadrangle Architects will be sharing her lifelong passion for creative solutions in architecture that can be used and enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age or ability, at the "Designing Multi-Unit Housing for the Real 21st-Century World" workshop at ABX Boston. Ruptash is the Managing Principle of Quadrangle as well as the Director of AccessAbility Advantage, a joint venture between Quadrangle and March of Dimes Canada.

More details about this session

Inclusive Fitness Coalition

President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) launches the national Commit to Inclusion campaign.

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, the American Association on Health and Disability, and the Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute are joining the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) today to launch the national Commit to Inclusion campaign. The goal of the campaign is to encourage individuals, organizations and key stakeholders to help build healthy, inclusive communities.

Read Guidelines for Disability Inclusion in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Programs and Policies

Global AgeWatch Index 2014

New publication available today, October 1, the International Day of Older Persons

HelpAge International's Global AgeWatch Index ranks countries by how well their ageing populations are faring. It is based on four domains that are key enablers of older people's wellbeing: income, health, capability and enabling environment.

Find out more about Global AgeWatch 2014

Housing America's Older Adults Cover

Aging + Place: Designing Housing & Communities for Aging Populations

IHCD's Executive Director, Valerie Fletcher, will be one of the speakers at Aging + Place: Designing Housing & Communities for Aging Populations at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on October 17, 2014. The event will be a half-day to discuss opportunities in architecture, planning, and policy to enhance older adults’ well-being through affordable, accessible, well-connected housing, as well as through models of long-term care that support aging in place. It is free and open to the public.

More information about the Aging + Place event

Read the report published by the Joint Center for Housing Studies

Simi Linton

Invitation to Dance, a Documentary Film by Simi Linton & Christian von Tippelskirch

INVITATION TO DANCE will be shown at the Margaret Mead Film Festival in NYC on Saturday October 25th, 2014!

In 1971, Simi Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. Still in college at the time, she suddenly confronted discrimination she couldn’t have imagined before she began using a wheelchair. Outspoken, thoughtful, and impassioned, Simi quickly became a resourceful activist. Invitation to Dance brings to light the efforts Simi has made to ensure rights for people with disabilities – from the time of her injury to her present day efforts to bring an end to discriminatory taxi service – and to maintain her capacity for love, sexuality, and dance.

Get your tickets here

Art Works, arts.gov

Designing for People, User/Experts in Schools of Design

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a 2014 Art Works grant to conduct a new initiative, Designing for People, User/Experts in Schools of Design.  This project builds on 14 years of IHCD’s Access to Design Professions and knits the project into IHCD’s commitment to engaging user/experts. 

Design Council

Inclusive Design Hub for the Built Environment

The Design Council (UK) has created the Inclusive Design Hub for the built environment. It covers buildings and outdoor spaces, in all phases of development including planning, design and construction, right through to the management of those buildings and places. It is a collection of resources and we do not promote the use of one over the other.

Visit the Inclusive Design Hub for the built environment

King's Cross Station, London.

Institute for Human Centered Design Newsletter: August 2014 edition

The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is an international non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. Our educational, consulting and design work is very diverse. See our monthly newsletter to learn about current projects.

User experts working at IHCD.

A call for User/Experts - make a difference and earn a stipend for your time and expertise!

The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is creating a new User/Expert Lab in our Boston headquarters and is currently seeking to recruit user/experts to be part of our participant database and on-call for design research projects.