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August 4, 2017

Each day in America, nearly 10,000 people turn 65 years old.  With a population of approximately 15 million, New England lays claim to the largest percentage of Baby Boomers in the country.  Many of these individuals are living with acquired disabilities, though they may not readily identify as having a disability.  And they may not realize that their rights are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

June 7, 2017

Save the date for a red carpet event to celebrate the anniversary of the ADA on July 26th!  This event will mark the release of new Public Service Announcements (PSAs) produced in partnership with Digital Eyes Film, and explore the role of media and motion pictures in framing (and reframing) our culturally embedded notions of disability.  The PSAs are part of a larger campaign produced by the Institute for Human Centered Design's New England ADA Center, aiming to reframe our understanding of disability in the context of changing demographic patterns inherent to our region: 

May 18, 2017

by Katherine Blakeslee
We are so proud to introduce the ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments. This online guide is the latest in our suite of resources that leads public entities through a process to compliance with the ADA.
The online guide comes with interactive features such as quizzes to test your knowledge of the ADA, a full slate of self-evaluation forms to develop a transition and an action plan to suit your public entity...

November 28, 2016

by Katherine Blakeslee
On November 21, 2016, Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a Final Rule revising the Department of Justice’s Title III of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires public accommodations, including movie theaters, to provide appropriate communication through the use of auxiliary aids and services. The Final Rule outlines specific requirements movie theaters must now meet in order to satisfy these obligations to individuals with hearing and vision disabilities. Specifically, the Final Rule requires movie theaters to...

November 22, 2016

by Katherine Blakeslee
I happened to steal a moment of Dave Yanchulis’s time while he was visiting Boston to present at the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX), which is largest building industry event in the Northeast. Dave is an Accessibility Specialist at the U.S. Access Board, a federal agency that develops accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transit systems, information and communication technology, and medical diagnostic equipment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws. The New England ADA Center and the U.S. Access Board have been partnering at ABX for the past 15 years...

November 21, 2016

Today, there are thousands of people newly in recovery due to the opioid epidemic; some with a full spectrum of behavioral health issues who are unaware of their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The timing is right to re-introduce people with mental health issues into the promise of the ADA.

Featured speaker David Yanchulis from the U.S. Access Board and Kathy Gips, New England ADA Center present two workshops Wednesday, November 16 at Architecture Boston Expo!

October 31, 2016

BOSTON – The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), home to the New England Region Center for the American Disabilities Act, is launching two new initiatives, focusing attention on accessibility for an aging population and those with behavioral health and substance use issues.

August 12, 2016

The New England ADA celebrated the 26th Annivesary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with Oryx Cohen and his presentation on Hope, Healing and the ADA: New Perceptions on Mental Health on Tuesday, August 9 at the Institute for Human Center Design’s headquarters.

Celebrating the 26th Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act, the Institute for Human Centered Design and affiliate New England ADA Center will hold an ice cream event for the public and media with a presentation from a leading thinker on mental health from the National Empowerment Center: “New Perceptions on Mental Health.”

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