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Date and Time

Thursday, Apr 1, 2021

6:00 — 8:00 pm





Join us for a viewing of the documentary film, The Changing Reality of Disability in America 2020, and a conversation with Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director  of the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD).

The Changing Reality of Disability in America 2020
Allan R. Meyers Memorial documentary film and research project entitled “The Changing Reality of Disability in America: 2020” produced by the Institute for Human Centered Design in partnership with Digital Eyes Film (USA)

Valerie Fletcher has been Executive Director since 1998 of the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD).  Fletcher writes, lectures and works internationally. She currently oversees projects ranging from the development of design guides for accessibility compliance and inclusive design to a wide range of consultation and design services to public, and private entities in the US and globally. She created the IHCD User/Expert Contextual Inquiry Lab which has over 500 people with lived experience of a physical, sensory or brain-based functional issue engaged in the evaluation of places, products and services. Her research focus is integrated social and environmentally sustainable solutions for multifamily housing, healthcare, culture, workplaces, and the public realm.  She has been a Special Advisor on Inclusive Design to the Open Society Institute and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She is on the North American representative on the Board of the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) in Japan. Fletcher has a master’s degree in ethics and public policy from Harvard University. The Boston Society of Architects awarded her the Women in Design award in 2005. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Architectural College.

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