Inclusive Design is design for all. A global movement that
seeks to improve the usability of environments, products and
systems for the widest range of people, it is based on the
principles of social justice.
Inclusive Design is one of the most important design movements
of this era because its emphasis is on empowering the average
citizen.The Inclusive Design Graduate Research Group focuses on
design processes grounded in democratic values of
non-discrimination, equal opportunity and personal empowerment.
We provide both a theoretical and working knowledge of Inclusive
Design, focused on environments, products, and systems for a wider
range of people, especially those in underserved populations. The
curriculum includes a sequence of required courses supplemented by
electives and workshops that provide both a theoretical and working
knowledge of Inclusive Design. Along with a core curriculum,
students work with faculty mentors to develop individualized
programs of study that reflect their specific interests.
Faculty members working in the group are associated with
the Center for Inclusive
Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center),a leading site
for design, service, education and dissemination activities related
to inclusive design. Led by SUNY Distinguished Professor Edward H.
Steinfeld, an international pioneer in his field, the IDeA Center
is an unparalleled resource for students interested in making
the world a better place for all.