News and Events

Cover of the UK Design Council Report

The UK Design Council has released their findings of the state of the design economy in the UK during 2018. It has data and new evidence on design's impact and value. On one of the first pages, it reads:

Our role now as Design Council is to make life better by design. So as…

Woman in a wheelchair pointing

This opportunity is comes from Independent Living Research Utilization. The study is called Falls and Fear of Falling in Adults who Require Wheelchairs for Locomotion.

To participate in this study, you must be an adult who:

  • Is at least 18 years old
  • Has a…
Architect Chris Downey walking on the street with his cane

CBS News | 60 Minutes | January 13, 2019

A social worker tried to tell him about "career alternatives" after he lost his sight, but Chris Downey wasn't about to stop being an architect.

At age 45, Chris Downey had pretty much constructed the life he'd always wanted. An architect…

Challenge: Design Poster

Hello everyone! We are very excited to announce a new event here at IHCD! Challenge: Design is all about engaging with designers, students, user/experts, and the public to develop an understanding of inclusive design and create a more open, collaborative and diverse design community. The event…

The human brain drawn with colorful lines and dots

Originally posted on bostonglobe.com

After graduating with a master's degree in applied math, Oliver Wilcox was ready to start a career. He aced every data analytics tests put forth by the hiring departments at major companies, yet Oliver still came up short during the interview process…

Kathy Gips, Director of Training at the NE ADA Center/ Institute for Human Centered Design

Our very own Kathy Gips, Director of Training for the New England ADA Center, will be presenting at the Architecture Boston Expo this fall. Kathy will be speaking on two panels on November 28th. The first one, "WE05 - ADA Updates 2018" from 8:30 am to 10 am, discusses new updates from the U.S.…

Sarah Weir, Design Council's CEO

Originally posted on designcouncil.org.uk

Sarah Weir, Design Council's CEO, answers questions like "What do you think of when you hear diversity and inclusion? What impact does diversity and inclusion have on your life? How are design, diversity and inclusion linked?" 

Design is…

Design Council logo

Story originally posted on DesignCouncil.org.uk

Craig is a father of 3 and Imogen, his second child, has William's syndrome. This makes learning new things very challenging because of things going on around her which might distract her. Craig took it upon himself to create VR videos that…

Piece by featured artist at VSA MA, Dominic Killiany. Titled: 8 Tiger Faces

VSA Massachusetts will be opening a gallery near South Station in the NonProfit Center of Boston that will feature narratives and works by artists that identify as part of the disability community. The Open Door Gallery will be for community and artist collaboration that sparks conversations…

Spyglass with World Usability Logo in focus

Join us on November 8th to celebrate World Usability Day! We will be taking to the streets of Boston to challenge the city's user-centered designs. A scavenger hunt style event will give participants a chance to discover how Boston is (or is not) designed for individuals of all abilities. Teams…