Institute for Human Centered Design

Dedicated to enhancing the experiences
of people of all ages, abilities, and cultures
through excellence in design.
Let's Work Together

Our Story

Over our 40+ year presence in Boston and around the world, IHCD has established enduring relationships with people and organizations who share our values and work tirelessly to make the world more inclusive. Hear from some of them in the video below.

Services

An education lecture at IHCD

Education

Opportunities for learning through IHCD include a Lunch & Learn series, trainings, workshops and events. Internship and fellowship opportunities are also available all-year-round.

People discussing design

Consulting

Our scope for consulting includes, among others, plan reviews, assessment of accessibility in the built environment and testing of digital and web accessibility.

Employees designing on computers

Design

IHCD works with entrepreneurs, designers and businesses to evaluate concepts, prototypes or existing designs to assess usability for the widest possible spectrum of people.

A blind user testing a prototype

Research

IHCD has an established database of user/experts, chosen for each opportunity to find the best match between the person and the project.

Services

Inclusive Design

Inclusive design is design that works for the widest sepctrum of users without the need for specialized adaptation, It centers around the user experience with a focus on social sustainability. IHCD uses the World Health Organization’s Definition of Disability as the foundation for our consulting and research work in the field and in our user/expert lab. We believe that good design must work not only for as many users as possible, but also enhance everyone’s experience.

Inclusive Design
a woman reading about inclusive design in the home

News & Events

The International Association for Universal Design logo with year 2019 for the conference

In collaboration with IHCD, the Helen Hamlyn Center for Design at the Royal College of Art, and others, the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) will host the 7th International Conference for Universal Design in Bangkok, Thailand, from…

National Braille Press logo and menu options from website home page

Braille Me is a new refreshable braille reader from Innovision, in India. Through their groundbreaking new technology, using magnetic force to power the braille display, the Braille Me has slashed costs, while keeping a high quality display. This device has 20-cell, 6-dot…

Jan Carpman and Marion Decaillet pose with a conference banner at the MOVE Conference in London

Marion Decaillet, IHCD’s Director of Inclusive Public Transit, and Jan Carpman, PhD, IHCD’s Director of Wayfinding, attended and presented at the MOVE Conference in London, Feb. 12 and 13, 2019, at the ExCel Conference Center. Decaillet and Carpman’s presentation, “Beyond Accessibility:…

Participants at Challenge: Design event discuss their findings in their group

We had an amazing turn out at the Challenge: Design event last week here at IHCD!

  • Close to forty participants hailed from a variety of sectors; student and full-time designers, individuals in the public health sector, occupational therapy students, marketing specialists, industrial…
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User/Expert Lab

A user/expert is a person who has developed expertise by means of their lived experience in dealing with the challenges of the environment due to a physical, sensory or cognitive functional limitation. IHCD has an established database of user/experts who range from adolescents to people in their ‘80s. Participants help review the usability and accessibility of physical environments as well as products, services and new technologies.

two blind users sitting on a couch

New England ADA Center

IHCD is home to the New England ADA Center; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in all aspects of life on the basis of disability. There are five Titles within the ADA that outline rights and responsibilities of employers, state and local government, businesses and non-profits, architects and designers and individuals and advocates, and IHCD strives to help customers reach standards set by these titles.

people attending ADA 25 event march
New England ADA

About Us

A blind man reading with his dog

Mission

We are committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages, abilities and cultures through excellence in design.

Valerie Fletcher with a group of students

Team

IHCD has built a large family of friends and allies over 30 years, and we are proud to say that this inner circle is characterized by both longevity of commitment and an appetite for the next frontier.

The outside view on IHCD's offices

Directions

IHCD is located at 200 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114.

Visit the directions page for more detailed directions.

Sherll, IHCD's administrative assistant answering the phone.

Contact

Telephone:
1 (617) 695-1225 (v/tty)

Fax: 1 (617) 482-8099
Email: info@IHCDesign.org

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