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DeafSpace

  • By: Robert T. Sirvage
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

DeafSpace design is a movement that aims to improve the way space and design are discussed through a reformulation of theoretical framework with the question of aesthetics as its core. It can be considered part of the evolution that grew out the limitation of having questions of accessibility as the singular focus and a weakness of existing policies and legislation (e.g., Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA]). The scope of these public policies in the United States is usually limited to addressing the question of how individuals with disabilities can access and utilize resources found in a public sphere. It is based on the idea that deaf individuals do not hear or suffer some degree hearing loss, therefore any ...

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