Special Reports

DeafSpace by Design

Gallaudet University architects and researchers are establishing design guidelines that may be useful to other communities with sensory and accessibility concerns

September 18, 2016

 

Diversity in Academe: Disability on Campus

This special report examines the challenges that students, academics, and colleges face in dealing with disability on campus. It includes the voices of people who struggle with physical disabilities as well as those who have less-visible conditions.

The DeafSpace Institute at Gallaudet has documented over 150 elements of DeafSpace, which it defines as "a unique spatial awareness and means for modifying the environment" practiced by deaf people throughout history.

The project is now exploring ways to translate the original behavioral constructs into scientifically based standards in hopes that its work will benefit not only the deaf community but also others with perceptual and cognitive challenges.

Julia Schmalz is a senior multimedia producer. She tells stories with photos, audio, and video. Follow her on Twitter @jschmalz09, or email her at julia.schmalz@chronicle.com