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Research Project: Effective Methods of Engaging Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Americans with Disabilities with the ADA: A Participatory Action Research Approach.

The Institute for Human Centered Design’s New England Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)…

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​We are pleased to share that Berkeley College of Environmental Design is hosting a ​free day-long symposium entitled, Conversations on Social Justice and Design, ​on Friday, April 1, which will address social justice, ​with a specific focus in universal design. ​This event…

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If you have ever been at an MBTA station and had to call an MBTA employee for assistance or needed to ask for information while on an MBTA platform, we would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming research survey.

We are doing this survey: (1) to learn about the experience of…

Shedd Aquarium Rendering

Shedd Aquarium, a beloved Chicago institution, announced details this month about proposed improvements to its building and site on the shore of Lake Michigan. This effort will be developed within the aquarium's planned four-year, onsite transformation and restoration project. With accessibility…

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The Great Lakes ADA Center  invites you to register for the upcoming Arts n Rec session titled “Inclusive Exhibition Design,” featuring Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director, Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) and Jan Majewski, Director, Inclusive Cultural and Educational Projects…

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What is the right balance between mandates of accessible design standards and the aspirations for fully inclusive environments? 

The answer still is evolving and maybe always will be but there have been a lot of lessons learned over the past 30 years. While the necessity of minimum…

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Some people are excluded from the simplest and most basic everyday experiences. Why? 

This is because the act of designing has given insufficient consideration to their level of physical ability or cognitive difference or cultural background or economic circumstance. Over the past 30…

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We need your help! Please fill out this survey to help us build a vocabulary, assemble concepts, imagine environments, and define the essence of a museum that will give everyone an enveloping sense of inclusion and welcome. Survey results will appear in an article on the topic in the June 2022…

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Please join our August webinar trainings on a…

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Showcasing newly released “Best Summer Ever” musical featuring Andrew Pilkington, Shannon DeVido, and Rickey Wilson Jr.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Location: