Institute for Human Centered Design
Dedicated to enhancing the experiences
of people of all ages, abilities, and cultures
through excellence in design.
About Us

Areas Of Expertise

An education lecture at IHCD


We are committed to educating globally about the power of Inclusive Design by sharing stories, precedents, and methods.

People discussing design


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


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


We put people at the center of the design process and directly engage diverse people as partners in design solutions.


News & Events

Built Without Barriers: Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2024 Online Accessibility Event flyer

Celebrating the 13th Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Today, May 16, 2024, marks the 13th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD).

GAAD encourages everyone to talk, think, and learn about digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities. Its mission is to integrate accessibility into technology and digital product development as…

Exhibition floor of American Alliance of Museums conference; Thriving Museums, Healthy Communities

IHCD's at the 2024 AAM Annual Meeting & Museum Expo Friday, May 17th-Saturday May 18th

We are thrilled to announce that we will be exhibiting at AAM's 2024 Annual Meeting & Museum Expo. As advocates for Inclusive Design, IHCD is dedicated to creating accessible environments that empower and engage all individuals.

Visit us at Booth No. 4607 to meet some of our team and…

blue and red copy on a white background read, "Boston Center for Independent Living 50 Years in A Virtual Conversation. Wins, Lessons & What's Next for Independent Living

Celebrating 50 Years of Disability Advocacy: Join BCIL's Virtual Event

This event commemorates a half-century of groundbreaking advocacy with the Boston Community for Independent Living's (BCIL) 50th Anniversary celebration.

Since its inception, BCIL has spearheaded efforts for equal access to healthcare, affordable housing, transportation, employment,…

Collage of IHCD Webcast presenters and architects Chris Downey (left) and Deepak K.C (right)

"Designing Inclusively, Educating Globally with Architects" is on YouTube

Our February webcast, "Designing Inclusively, Educating Globally with Architects" featuring visionary architects Chris Downey (U.S.A.) and Deepak K.C. (Nepal) is now available on YouTube.

Gain insights from Chris's transformative journey as "the Blind Architect" and Deepak's diplomatic…

News & Events

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.

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New England ADA

About Us

A discussion inside a libray


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.

IHCD employees


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


IHCD is located at 560 Harrison Ave, Unit 401, Boston, MA 02114.

Visit the directions page for more detailed directions.

The inside view of IHCD Library


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