GDF underwent a huge renovation a few years before I got there, particularly in the dorm/living areas. I don’t know that much about what it was like beforehand, except that people had roommates, and now you get a single. But it was definitely re-designed to meet the needs of the people who were actually going to be staying there. Floor surfaces in adjacent rooms are different textures and sound different when tapped with a cane. All signage is in large print, raised print, and Braille. Individual room thermostats are in large print and marked with raised dots. Every room has a talking alarm clock and manuals for all inluded electronic devices in Braille and large print. The laundry machines are labeled with raised dots and automatically dispense detergent; you don’t have to put any in. The microwave not only talks, it has a British accent. The great thing about most of these measures is that they’re not a big deal. They’re just integrated into the design, and they don’t affect how sighted people use the space. That’s how it should be.
By the way, in the basement there’s a lounge with audio-described movies, musical instruments, and audiobooks, plus Braille and large print Scrabble and other games. It’s kinda nifty. Guess what makes all that possible? 😉