Products & Technologies that Change People's Lives
Universal Design and Assistive Technology in Massachusetts

September 23, 2011 Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

Please join us for an Expo and Conference on Friday, September 23rd at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Experience the current state-of-the-art of inclusive products and technologies that transform the lives of people with disabilities and older people. Help initiate a strategy for integration of inclusive design and assistive technology into the Massachusetts innovation agenda. Come learn, explore, experience and engage!

Focus areas include: Home, Work, Learning and Sport

Hosted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor Timothy Murray
  • Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, MD (EOHHS) & Secretary Gregory Bialecki (EOHED) & Secretary Paul Reville (DoE)
  • and Convened by the Institute for Human Centered Design

Did you know that…

  • 84% of all U.S. special education students have brain-based conditions (RRTC 2009)
  • 50 million U.S. adults had arthritis in 2007-2009, an increase from 46 million in 2003-2005 (Centers for Disease Control)
  • By 2030 the U.S. Census Bureau predicts that people over 65 will make up 20% of the population
  • Massachusetts Statistics (American Community Survey 2009)
    • 5.9% of Massachusetts residents ages 5-17 have a disability
    • 8.9% of Massachusetts residents ages 18-64 have a disability
    • 34% of Massachusetts residents ages 65 and over have a disability
  • U.S. workforce statistics for individuals 55 years or older (Rising Demand for Older Workers Despite the economic recession: Accommodation and Universal Design for the New American Workforce, found in Public Policy and Aging Report Winter 2011, National Academy of an Aging Society Volume 21 no. 1)
    • 28% of workers 55 and older work in public administration
    • 25% of workers 55 and older work in education
    • 21% of workers 55 and older work in healthcare
    • 20% of U.S. workers 55 and older work in professional & business organizations

For more information contact: or 617.695 1225 v/tty ext. 235

This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.