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May 2013
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Coco Raynes wins design award

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Josh & Willa in Moscow

Raising the Floor

Locked out available online

Support Invitation to Dance

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Design 4 All 2013 awards

Berkeley Prize award winner

Ouch! podcast

Accessibility loses a great champion

Lets Loop New England

American Alliance of Museum

M-enabling summit

American Library Association

Abilities Expo

VSA Artist Opportunities

Faith & Form award

Include Asia 2013

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National Endowment for the Arts to Present Webinar on Accessibility in Media Arts. May 15, 2013 

Art Works, National Endowment for the arts logo Washington, DC-- The vast connectivity made possible by today's digital devices and programs creates tremendous opportunities and considerable challenges. Although organizations can engage their audiences in many and powerful ways, individuals with differing vision, hearing, mobility, or cognitive abilities may need appropriate accommodation in order to participate fully. The National Endowment for the Arts will host a webinar on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST at to discuss best practices for making websites and digital content widely accessible to all audiences.


The webinar will feature experts from the National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH and the AbleGamers Foundation. The panelists will discuss steps that organizations can take to build accessibility into the design of websites, mobile apps, videos, and video games. 


To register for the webinar click here...... 


Fair Housing Accessibility Training, May 23rd

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To promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. The program offers comprehensive and detailed instruction, useful online web resources, and a toll-free information line for technical guidance


When: May 23, 2013 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Where: Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Federal Building 1st Floor Auditorium

10 Causeway Street

Boston, MA  0222-1092

(617) 994-8320


To register and get more information please contact:   

John Ritzu at

(312) 913-1717 x228 

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*This program is registered with the American Institute of Architects. Architects will receive up to 6 continuing education credits per day.


The International Association for Universal Design call for entries for their 2013 awards. May 31st deadline. 

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The International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) conducts activities aimed at achieving its basic objective: "To contribute to the healthy development of society, and improve the welfare of humanity as a whole, through further disseminating and actualizing of Universal Design (UD)."


In that vein, we will be presenting IAUD Award 2013, which will recognize groups and individuals who have conducted or proposed particularly noteworthy activities aimed at realizing a UD society in which everyone - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnicity, culture, customs, or other factors - can live comfortably, without feeling any undue inconvenience.



Coco Raynes Associates, Inc wins award in the 2012 International Design Awards for the new Boston Architectural College Building signage. 

close up on the sign Coco Raynes designed for the from of the New Boston Architecture College building 


IHCD is looking for interns for summer 2013!

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We have still a few openings for our Summer program 2013, IHCD is looking for interns between the ages of 16-20 who have a physical, sensory or cognitive disability.  This four-week paid internship starts on July 8th.  


During the internship, you'll help us review the accessibility and general usability for all visitors of places and of websites.  The places will all be in Boston and primarily popular historic destinations on the Freedom Trail. The website and app review will be varied and include sites and apps that adolescents need and like.  The program includes an introduction to inclusive design practice, learning to analyze and evaluate both physical and digital environments, compile the results, and engage in creative collaboration with IHCD designers. 


To learn more and set up an interview please contact as soon as possible: 

Willa Crolius

(617) 259 1655 


IHCD's Josh Safdie and Willa Crolius conduct a weeklong training on accessibility, inclusive design and User/Expert research in Moscow.

a group of people standing around a large dinning room learning about accessibility and User/Expert evaluation from Josh and Willa

Image of some of the participants assessing accessibility in the dining area of the Hotel

Working with Perspektiva also known as Best Buddies Russia. Josh Safdie and Willa Crolius conducted a week of training on how to asses accessibility of places and services as well as to consider opportunities for Universal Design. The participants were representatives from NGOs working for disability rights across Russia. Participants learned by doing as they conducted reviews of a Hotel and Museum in Moscow.



Raising the Floor, a movement and organization dedicated to making the web accessible to all!

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Raising the Floor's mission is to make the web and mobile technologies accessible to everyone with disability, literacy and aging-related barriers, regardless of their economic status.

More specifically, Raising the Floor seeks to ensure:
  1. That access technologies are available for all types of functional impairment including those due to disability, literacy level, or effects of aging,
  2. That these access technologies are effective enough to provide access to the ever evolving technologies used to create Internet based information, services and communities, and
  3. That these access technologies are affordable for those of all socio-economic levels and all communities.


Jonathan Lazar's Locked Out presentation is available to watch online.

Screen shot of the first slide in Jonathan Lazar's resonation. It says Locked out, Investigating Societal Discrimination against People with Disabilities Due to Inaccessible Websites. February 13, 2013 Locked Out: Investigating Societal Discrimination against People with Disabilities Due to Inaccessible Websites

With his fellowship project, Jonathan Lazar seeks to improve understanding of the relationship between web-based interfaces that are inaccessible to people with disabilities, and how those inaccessible interfaces lead to forms of discrimination that are illegal under US law. As part of the project, he will write a book about the topic and collaborate on research with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability. For his fellowship presentation, he will be discussing equal access to web-based information and societal discrimination in five areas: federal government, state government, county-level emergency alert information, airline reservations, and employment applications.   


To watch his presentation click here......


Crowdfunding Campaign launched for an independent documentary film Invitation to Dance. Help support this great film!

photo of two wheelchair users and two filmmakers in the Guggenhiem museum in New York City In 1971, Simi Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. Suddenly a young disabled college student, she confronted insidious forms of discrimination she couldn't have imagined before. The film follows her story as, over time, she joins forces with a vibrant disability community and realizes that love, dance and activism can once again be central to her life. Simi introduces a lusty, fun-loving, cadre of activists who defy every conceivable disability stereotype. Their lives are filled with passion, struggle and humor.  Their antic and defiant demonstrations for equity range from crawling up the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building by day to irreverent partying in a hotel ballroom by night.   Ultimately, INVITATION TO DANCE is a never before told coming out story of disabled people claiming their rights to "equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor!" 


IHCD studio's Casa Mihail ground breaking in Romania.

Large group of people representing all the organizations involved holding shovels breaking ground at the ceremony.

Altături Pro ACT Support and Open Society Mental Health Initiative Foundations, started the construction of a pilot center for social inclusion for 6 persons with mental disabilities who now reside in institutions belonging DGASPC Giurgiu.


The house will be completely accessible, adaptable to any situation that may arise at some point in the health of any person, the design was realized by architects at the Institute for Human Centered Design in Boston. Construction of the house begins in March and ends on August 31, 2013.


2013 International Design for All Foundation Awards have been announced.

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The International Design for All Foundation Awards recognise public, private and not-for-profit initiatives from across the world which aim to enable everyone to participate in society on an equal basis. In so doing, they draw international attention to examples of best practice in Design for All. IHCD's Valerie Fletcher was a jour for this prestigious global program.


2012 Berkeley Prize Teaching Fellowship winners announced!

Berkeley Prize the architect and the accessible city logo Winners of the First BERKELEY PRIZE Teaching Fellowship are announced by Professor Raymond Lifchez, Chair of the Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence. This year there are five inaugural fellows from India, Uganda, the UK, and America. All Teaching Fellows receive a $7500 award.
IHCD is delighted to announce that Josh Safdie, Director of IHCD studio is one of the five winners.


Learn more about the winners here......


Ouch! Disability talk show.

Ouch! logo with the words it's a disability thing.

Every month, Rob Crossan and Liz Carr present the program you didn't know you wanted to hear. It's disability from a fresh angle featuring interviews, discussion and the occasional quiz. The (disabled) presenters dissect and analyze with interest and a good dose of healthy humor. You could say "it's a disability thing." 


 To hear the podcast visit:


Accessibility loses a great champion, in Memoriam of Cynthia Waddell 

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It is with the deepest regret that we announce the death of Dr. Cynthia Waddell, a lifelong advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and a world-renowned expert in disability rights law, public policy and electronic and information technology.


Let's Loop New England! 

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Come and learn about audio loops, who they can benefit, and how to encourage their implementation in your community with Juliette Sterkins, Ph.D. Introduction by Deborah Pierce, AIA, 2009 Honor Award for Accessible Design, Boston Society of Architects


This event will be held twice:


Thursday, May 16, 2013  7:00 to 9:00 PM -- Mass Eye and Ear, Meltzer Auditorium, Boston -- Parking Vouchers Available


Saturday, May 18, 1:30 to 4:00, Northborough Public Library, 34 Main Street , Northborough 01532. (sponsored by HLAA Central Mass Chapter)


The Boston and Northborough presentations will be looped with a generous sponsorship from Shanahan Sound.

CART  will be provided.

Speaking Engagements

IHCD's Director of Administration Gabriela Bonome-Sims will present at the American Alliance of Museums for their annual conference in Baltimore. May 19th-22nd.  


IHCD's Product Designer Lise Capet will be at the M-Enabling conference in Washington DC June 6-7th.  


IHCD's going to Chicago for the American Library Association conference in Chicago. June 27-July 2nd.  

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IHCD will be conducting live User/Expert review of products and technology as well as bring the IHCDstore to the Abilities Expo in Boston September 20-22nd.

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Click here to learn more about the Abilities Expo happening in our home town..... 

Upcoming Conferences & Calls

VSA Artist Opportunities, June deadlines 

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Performing Arts: VSA Playwright Discovery Competition

Deadline: June 1, 2013

Middle and high school students are invited to explore the disability experience--in their own life, the lives of others, or by creating fictional characters--through the art of scriptwriting. Young writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a one-act script for stage or screen. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students.


Visual Arts: VSA 2013 Emerging Artists Program - Call for Art 

Deadline: June 9, 2013

A national juried exhibition of emerging artists, ages 16-25, with disabilities. Sponsored by Volkswagen Group of America, In/finite Earth aims to showcase artwork that illuminates innovative viewpoints at the intersection of environmentalism, creativity, and disability. This call for art asks artists to engage in the physical, emotional, and creative ties we share across our planet, and present their artistic perspectives regarding the natural world, sustainability, and our collective future. Fifteen artists will be selected for an exhibition in Fall 2013 and will share $60,000 in cash awards.


Performing Arts: 3rd International Competition for Composers and Soloists "The Respighi Prize"

Deadline: June 30, 2013

The Respighi Prize has been established to encourage and offer a performance opportunity for young talented composers and soloists through the inspiration of Ottorino Respighi's music. Participants must be currently enrolled in (or recent graduates of) music conservatory or college, under 40 years of age. Winners will receive a Certificate Award as Winner of The Respighi Prize; World Premiere of composition (for composers) and performance as featured soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York; Recording of the concert, for archive and promotional use.



Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program
for Religious Art & Architecture, Submissions due June 30,2013 

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The Annual Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards program is co-sponsored by Faith & Form Magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA), a knowledge community of the American Institute of Architects. The awards program was founded in 1978 with the goal of honoring the best in architecture, liturgical design and art for religious spaces. The program offers five primary categories for awards: Religious Architecture, Liturgical/Interior Design, Sacred Landscape, Religious Arts, and Unbuilt Work. 
To learn more about this potential opportunity for Universal Design visit: 


Include Asia 2013 conference. July 2-6  

include asia 2013 logo Include Asia is one of the world's most influential events in inclusive wellness. The 2013 edition marks the event's first-time appearance in Hong Kong, which is jointly presented by Hong Kong Design Centre, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Themed "Global Challenges & Local Solutions in Inclusive Design", the Include Asia Conference will elaborate on the challenges faced by the physically challenged and explore design solutions.


Click here to learn more about Include Asia 2013.....

IHCDstore Announcement!!

Discover SLICE Products at IHCDstore


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IHCDstore is now offering product from the innovative California based SLICE company. SLICE collaborates with some of the most innovative designers. They take everyday objects - safety cutter kitchen ustencils, beauty tools, and rethink them, to make them better, easier to use, ergonomics and safer. Using the latest ceramics technology they provide durable products. Featuring designs from well know designer such as Karim Rashid and Michael Graves. Yet affordable!


Check our online store to get more info about the Safety cutterprecision cutterNail Sissor and fun Kitchen tools like the Ceramic Greater or the Veggie Peeler.

Or come on in our store to try them!

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Boston Ma 02114
Featured Publications

Shared Space, Shared Surfaces and Home Zones from a Universal Design Approach for the Urban Environment in Ireland. Key findings and Recommendations by TrinityHaus.

cover of the TrinityHaus book with images of a blind women waking with a cane, a man walking with a guild dog, a women in a wheelchair, and a family with a small child 

This research has been undertaken by TrinityHaus (Trinity College Dublin), on behalf of the National Disability Authority's (NDA) Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD). The aim of the research was to engage with a wide range of stakeholders in a discussion about Shared Spaces, Shared Surfaces and Home Zones in the Irish context. The research seeks to explore contemporary national and international practices and thinking on Shared Spaces, Shared Surfaces and Home Zones and to investigate these concepts from a Universal Design approach in the Irish urban environment. This report sets out key evidence based findings and provides key recommendations in relation to the implementation of Shared Spaces, Shared Surfaces and Home Zones in Ireland. 


Click here to read the publication....

Your Support

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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!
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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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