E-Mentoring Designers with Disabilities

Introduction to E-Mentoring

Access to Design Professions, a project of the Institute for Human Centered Design, has mentorships between design professionals and students or entry-level designers with disabilities who are interested in design. This is an electronic mentor-ship that uses the Internet for the majority of contact. Ultimately, the goal of E-Mentoring is the recruitment and support of individuals with disabilities in design professions in order to improve design for all people. To participate as a mentor or protégé please contact Ruth Lusher rlusher@ihcdesign.org

ADP/E-Mentoring Brochure and Poster

Please feel free to view or download a copy of the ADP/E-Mentoring brochure and/or poster by selecting one of the links below. The brochure and poster are available as PDF files. (Note: In order to view PDFs you must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have this software installed, you can download Adobe Reader This link will open a new browser window. for free on Adobe's web site.)


Project Staff

Photo of Ruth Lusher

Ruth Lusher is the Coordinator of the Mentorship Program.


Elaine OstroffElaine Ostroff is the Project Director.




Designer Profiles

Taide Buenfil Garza

Taide Buenfil Garza
Director of Citizens Projects
Office of Representation for the Social Promotion and Inclusion of Disabled Persons
President’s Office, Mexico
Read about Taide Buenfil Garza

George Balsley

George Balsley AIA
Project Architect
Amherst, Massachusetts
Read about George Balsley

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Project Support

The Mentorship Program and the International Network of Designers with Disabilities are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Leadership Initiative on Universal Design.