Jan 25, 2018

Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where We Live


Dates: 25-26 January 2018

Place: University of the West of England, Bristol

Organisers:   WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION Collaborating Centre and the Department of Architecture, UWE, with AMPS. In collaboration with the Public Health Film Society.

Abstract Submissions:  1st June  (Round One)

Abstract Submission Form


Oct 9, 2017

The 33nd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Pacific Rim International Conference on disability and diversityThe 33nd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on October 9-11, 2017 at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort & the Modern Honolulu. The Call for Proposals is NOW OPEN, so be sure to submit your ideas early! 

For more information, please visit us at, or feel free to e-mail, or call 1-808-956-7539.



Sep 19, 2017

Helen Hamlyn Research  Symposium 2017

Tuesday 19 September 2017, 5-6.30pm

Followed by a private view of the Design.Different exhibition, 6.30–8pm

The Symposium features presentations of the Centre’s current Research Associate and PhD projects, and also includes special guest speakers. Following on from the Symposium will be a private view of the accompanying exhibition Design.Different; a show that displays the breadth of the Centre’s design-research work, highlighting projects that explore the Centre’s main research themes: Age & Diversity, Social & Global, and Healthcare.


Aug 26, 2017

IEA Florence 2018 Creativity in practice

The Italian Society of Ergonomics is pleased to host in 2018 in Florence, Italy, the 20th international IEA conference. It is the first time in the history of the 50 years of the IEA and the SIE that this event will take place in Italy and we are proud! The theme of the congress is “Creativity in Practice”, with reference to the typical challenge of the Italian way to innovation engaged to transform the results of research on innovation in concrete actions to improve the quality of life and work. The event will be not only an occasion to share new researches and case histories, but also an occasion to meet professionals from different countries, all engaged in brainstorming sessions to generate new ideas.
A quite new transversal design approach that is developing interesting synergies and practical results is Design for All-Universal Design.
Aug 21, 2017

Eclipse SoundScapes Project

On August 21, 2017, millions of people will view a total solar eclipse as it passes through the United States. However, for the visually impaired, or others who are unable to see the eclipse with their own eyes, the Eclipse Soundscapes Project delivers a multisensory experience of this exciting celestial event. The project, from NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium, will include audio descriptions of the eclipse in real time, recordings of the changing environmental sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map” app that will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch.



Aug 2, 2017
Willa Crolius, former Director of IHCD’s User Expert Lab and Coordinator of Public Programs, and current double masters student at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College of London shares a feminist critique of why women aren’t making it in design.
Jul 24, 2017

Many people on the autism spectrum have a hard time in loud, chaotic places like sports stadiums. But a number of professional sports teams are trying to make it easier and more fun to attend games for those with autism and other special needs. Among them are the Kansas City Royals, who have put some accommodations, such as quiet zones, in place at Kauffman Stadium.

Listen to the story on the Marketplace® Website

May 31, 2017

Rainbow colored gradient with the letter UDL and UXThe Second Pan-Canadian Conference on Universal Design for Learning May 31 – June 2, 2017 University of Prince Edward Island Charlottetown, PEI

The call for submissions has been extended and will close on May 1st!

Apr 26, 2017

After the U.S. Senate narrowly voted to begin debate on a health care bill that includes sweeping changes to Medicaid, several dozen protesters with disabilities were arrested.


and donate to Access Living to help their advocacy efforts

Apr 5, 2017

At its meeting of April 11th, the Board unanimously elected Dr. Brian Mullin. 

Brian Mullen headshotBrian is an entrepreneur, design engineer, and researcher with a passion for designing innovative medical products and assistive technologies to improve quality of life and enhance quality of care for under served populations. 

Over the last 12 years Brian's focus has been on learning how to quickly and efficiently develop commercially viable person-centered evidence based medical technologies from bench to bedside to help meet the unmet medical needs. Brian has participated all phase of going from bench to bedside and back; from conducting pilot clinical studies to explore the safety and effectiveness of treatments for people with mental illness, to the design and development of therapeutic devices, and ultimately founding a medical device company that launched a commercial product based on technology transferred from a university which resulting in equity financing and product sales. 

Brian has a B.S.M.E, M.S.M.E, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research lead to presentations at the American Occupational Therapy Associations (AOTA), The International Society for Autism Research (ISAR), the Nation Collegiate Innovator and Inventor's Association (NCIIA), and the BioMedical Engineering Society (BEMS), as well as peer reviewed publications and patent applications. The diverse work of his research has resulted in the ability to seamlessly translate and move between many different fields and domains.

Currently, Brian is a Manager at the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is an innovation strategy manager and leads the Open Innovation Studio where he helps innovators at the hospital advance their early stage ideas. Before his current position Brian was the founder and CEO of Therapeutic Systems, a startup with the goal of improvement mental healthcare through innovative sensory based medical technologies.