Although disabled people make up the largest global minority, they spend their lives adapting to the built environment, which limits human experience, inclusion, and participation in the public realm. Through the lens of DeafScape, we will discover ways to design with the deaf community, and beyond, through Universal Design.
Understand the deaf community and disabled community and their shared histories, the significance of the ADA, and social model vs. medical model of disability in relation to the built environment.
Learn the history and specific needs of the deaf community, the development and application of DeafSpace guidelines, and their application to landscape architecture through DeafScape.
Learn to intentionally transform everyday thinking about who we design for, the urgency of including disabled people as stakeholders and experts, and how public policy can deeply influence Universal Design.
Learn how to identify and communicate, as an abled person, with deaf and disabled people in the design process.