Leading Edge Resources: Getting to the Community –
Access, Technology and Universal Design, and Family Support
The Institute for Human Centered Design is a 27 year old educational non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities. Adaptive Environments' work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human centered or universal design. Projects vary from local to international. All are characterized by collaboration and user participation. Adaptive Environments promotes design that works for everyone across the spectrum of ability and age and enhances human experience. We provide easy access to information and guidance about the civil rights laws and codes that provide a bedrock of accessibility in the US. We provide education and consultation about strategies, precedents and best practices that go beyond legal requirements to design places, things, communication and policy that integrate solutions to the reality of human diversity.
The Institute for Human Centered Design web site includes a history and the principles of universal design. There are downloadable resources and useful links on a wide variety of topics related to accessibility.