A reader writes in with the following:
I'm hoping to move to Trinidad soon, right by Gallaudet. (A short sale, cross your fingers for me!) The place has a great basement and we plan to do some renovation to make it rentable. We want to make sure that the apartment will be suitable for everybody in the neighborhood, and so want to make sure that it could accommodate a deaf tenant. The only knowledge I have about making a safe place for a deaf tenant is from a dorm room in college one of my friends was in. It had flashing fire alarms and a flashing doorbell.
I tried poking around the Gallaudet school site to see if there was some information that might be helpful to me, but didn't find much. Do you have any insight? Maybe one of your other readers might? I don't really know the school culture at all, so don't even know if Gallaudet students rent off campus that much. I just want to make sure that, if we rent it out, we can provide a safe and comfortable place for anybody.
More after the jump.
I know that more Gallaudet students are living off campus now than ever before. They seek affordable housing close to campus, and often close to the entertainment options on H Street. Gallaudet offers both undergraduate, and graduate degrees, so you have a wide age range of students at the University. We also have a sizeable deaf community here that are not Galludet students, but the same concerns would obviously apply. Honestly, the flashing doorbell and fire alarm are the only necessary modifications that come to mind. So we turn to you dear readers to help us out on this one. What other mods might be necessary/desirable for deaf renters?