Our design team would like to share with you their knowledge for designing for those that are deaf, here are some interesting design elements worth considering:
- A door: With sign language used as the main form of communication for those who are deaf. If you need to open a door with your hands then this stops conversation.
- Kitchens: Many kitchen’s these days face a wall. This simple design choice creates difficulty to communicate because for someone to understand sign language they need to be looking at you.
- Furniture placement: To improve line of sight for a group of people the best placement is in a circle around a coffee table. This makes it easier for sign language conversations
- Wall corners: Our ears subconsciously warn us with what’s approaching around a corner, however those with hearing impairments may not be able to achieve the same level of awareness. Curve walls or glass corner junctions can help assist.