Design Access

Photograph of design objects on exhibition in Access+Ability on view through September 3. For information about the exhibition and programming at the museum related to accessible design scroll

Programming and events dedicated to accessibility and inclusion

Cooper Hewitt is committed to broadening its audiences and ensuring the museum is welcoming to all. Watch this space to learn how we are using the galleries and museum resources to raise awareness of accessible design innovation, inspire dialogue, and leverage Cooper Hewitt’s role as a dynamic design hub to promote problem-solving in support of inclusivity.

Exhibition: Access+Ability

Through September 3.

From low-tech products that assist with daily routines to the newest technologies, explore how users and designers are expanding and adapting accessible products and solutions in ways previously unimaginable.

Empowered by Design

Through January 31.

In partnership with Morgan Stanley, a Times Square tribute to the power of design. Share your life-changing designs using the #DesignAccess hashtag.

Cooper Hewitt Lab | Hands-On Workshop With Creative Growth Art Center

Monday, February 5, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Creative Growth Art Center is a San-Francisco-based nonprofit serving artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. During this hands-on workshop, visitors of all abilities are welcome to collaborate with a Creative Growth teacher to create a hooked rug designed by an artist with a disability.

Cooper Hewitt Lab | Access Design Teen Program

Monday, February 5, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

A special session of Cooper Hewitt’s DesignPrep program open to all teens, this hands-on workshop led by professional designers will explore accessibility and inclusion in design and engage teens in the approaches designers use to address complex challenges.

Cooper Hewitt Lab | Mark Morris Dance for Parkinson's Program

Tuesday, February 6, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

The acclaimed Dance for PD program of the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group will present a free one-hour dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease in the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery. In Dance for PD classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating, and creative.

Cooper Hewitt Lab | Reelabilities Film Screening: Getting Up

Tuesday, February 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

A free film screening of Getting Up, which tells the story of graffiti artist TemptOne who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, followed by a conversation on future technologies and how they will help us to reimagine user-centered accessible design.

cooper hewitt lab | Designing accessible cities symposium

Thursday, February 8, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Building a more inclusive city is a design opportunity. Join us for a day of ignite talks and critical discussions presented in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office for Disabilities to explore the barriers that make cities inaccessible and the innovations that promote intentional user-focused design.

Cooper Hewitt Lab | Workshops on access and inclusion for college students

Friday, February 9, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

A morning of workshops with leading accessible designers, including Margaret Price, principal design strategist for Microsoft.

Cooper Hewitt Lab | Showcase of Student Projects on Accessibility and Inclusion

Friday, February 9, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Students with works on view in the museum will present their ideas, and a panel of experts discuss how design can expand accessibility and inclusion for all users.


Access+Ability and Cooper Hewitt Lab: Design Access are made possible by major support from:

Funding is also provided by Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund, Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program Fund, and August de los Reyes.

Access+Ability and Cooper Hewitt Lab: Design Access are presented in partnership with New York City’s Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.