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Welcome to the Inclusive Design and Accessibility (IDEA) Hub website. The IDEA Hub @ WPI is committed to being the premiere cooperative research group on inclusive design and accessibility. Through research and student-based projects, the IDEA Hub provides resources that promote inclusive design and accessibility to the global community and is dedicated to helping businesses and other organizations increase their engagement of people with differing abilities worldwide. Through student engagement and high-quality research, the IDEA Hub applies both theory and practice in making a positive impact on the world.

Proud to be a member of the United Nations International Labour Organization’s Global Business and Disability Network.

 

About

The IDEA Hub’s mission is to be the premiere cooperative research lab on inclusive design and accessibility. Through partnerships with businesses and diverse students and faculty members, we are able to  produce highly impactful solutions and high-quality research.

Research

Dr. Eleanor Loiacono, the Founder and Director of the IDEA Hub, has been working on human centered technology, specifically as it relates to application quality and accessibility research for over 20 years. Her work has involved the development of a website quality measure, evaluations of various websites, affect in technology, gender in technology, and technology development and application to help people with disabilities. She has engaged both students and fellow faculty in her work, resulting in several significant pieces of research.

Projects

Previous IDEA Hub student projects include:

  • Designing a mobile application to assist college students with mental health issues in the practice of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
  • Developing a mobile app to help peer mentors in mentoring college students with disabilities.
  • Identifying technologies to support classroom activities for grade school students with attention disorders.
  • Evaluating web accessibility of online music stores for blind and low vision users.
  • Assessing U.S. federal and federally sponsored contractors’ websites to determine level of website accessibility.
  • Redesigning the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island’s website.
  • Investigating the potential of job recruiting through 3D virtual worlds.

Contact

If you would like to discuss possible research or student project ideas, please contact us.