DeafSpace: Architectural design for people who are deaf

Two men are walking on a path between two buildings.Who would think that deafness and ramps are connected? For people who sign, it’s easier and more fluent if there are no steps in the way. They don’t have to watch where their feet are going either. This is one of the things that underpins the notion of DeafSpace.

People who are deaf inhabit space in different ways to others. DeafSpace is about aligning their way of being to environments. But designs that suit are not a problem for others. Indeed, wider walkways and no steps are great for everyone.

This four minute video below shows it’s not difficult to achieve. Once things are pointed out, it becomes obvious. The video has basic design features both inside and outside buildings that include people who sign to communicate. The features shown are universal because they are good for everyone.