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The Institute for Human Centered Design

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The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), founded in Boston in 1978 as Adaptive Environments, is an international non-governmental educational organization (NGO) committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design.

IHCD’s work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human-centered or universal design. IHCD has been the lead organization in the international Universal Design movement, having hosted or co-hosted five international conferences (New York -1998, Providence -2000, Yokahama – 2002, Rio de Janeiro – 2004, Kyoto – October 2006) as well as international student design competitions, smaller regional meetings and publication of web and print materials. We have a formal collaborative relationship with the International Association for Universal Design in Japan, with the Design-for-All Foundation in the European Union and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.  Our international network includes colleagues on every continent.

Due to the extensive international network of individual and organizational collaborators, IHCD has an unusually rich and flexible expertise and a capacity well beyond its core staff of twenty designers, educators and humanists.  IHCD knows the state-of-the-art of Universal Design in the spectrum of design disciplines from urban design, landscape and architecture to interior design, industrial design, media and information design and can call upon the ideal match of expertise and use it efficiently.

 

Contact: Eliza Kaye
The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD)
200 Portland Street
Boston, MA  02114
Telephone: 617-695-1225 x235
Email:  ekaye@HumanCenteredDesign.org
Website: www.HumanCenteredDesign.org

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