What is Adjacent Space?
Adjacent Space is a 501c3 non profit group based out of Birmingham, AL made up of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf Blind and Hearing folks striving to make our communities a more visual-tactile equitable and accessible place through promotion of tools like captioning, providing American Sign Language Interpreting and other visual or gestural approaches.
The word "Adjacent" means to be close to, next to or on a triangle to have a common side or endpoint.
To be Adjacent to someone is a concept and approach to life. You may consider the people up and down your street to be neighbors, but your next-door neighbor is the person who lives in the house or apartment adjacent to yours. So imagine that every Deaf community member that you see is your next door neighbor and you are striving to also create that space in partnership with them to live, work and play equally.
Accessibility is not charity, it is a right that all Deaf people deserve. For a long time, Deaf individuals have accommodated hearing (a person who can hear) peoples lack of understanding their accessibility rights. They will gesture, write something down in their second language (English) to communicate and have as much patience required to have a successful interaction everywhere they go. What if we flipped the script?
Accommodations look different for each individual and situation. There are many ways to approach accessibility such as offering to write on a piece of paper to take an order, providing captions for a movie on the screen, hiring an interpreter to provide understanding in ASL and in English, having brighter light in an area so that your Deaf customers can see each other as they sign. Going beyond compliance and meeting minimal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements we can reach full inclusion.
Learn more about the Adjacent Space community's mission and vision.