Alder Springs
Deaf & Blind Community
Morganton, NC


The deaf are a “gathering people” who prefer living in close community because their primary language (American Sign Language) requires visual contact for free flowing interaction.

Most deaf individuals living in a hearing world experience prolonged isolation from others who speak their language. Abiding loneliness can be a difficult and very real consequence in their lives.

The blind prefer living in simple, barrier free environments that are located very close to essential services and amenities.

The Deaf & Blind community is not a continuing care retirement facility. It will not have a healthcare facility nor offer meal services.

Phase 1A & 1B - Residence Buildings

  • Only nonprofit community for the deaf, deaf/blind, and blind in the US
  • Apartment community with state of the art adaptive technology for deaf and blind individuals
  • Community Center as the hub for gatherings, programs & activities, services
  • Only community for the deaf and blind funded privately (donations and grants). No governemnt funding involved
  • Specializing in independent living for the deaf and blind
  • Phase 1 is 42 apartments, each with balcony
  • One bedroom (729sf) and two bedroom (975sf) apartments
  • Open kitchen, dining, and living rooms
  • Laundry and storage
  • Common spaces for more intimate gatherings
  • Rents ranging from $850 to $1200 monthly
  • Governed by experienced board of directors
  • Property management company including maintenance
  • Residents Council
  • Sensory technologies in Apartments: CAT6 cabling, electronic visitor identification, audible/visible visitor and phone alerts, audible/visible smoke alarms, water sensors to detect overflows

Phase 1C - Community Center

  • The heartbeat of the deaf and blind community
  • Accessible to non-resident deaf and blind and others
  • 7,000 square feet on one level including a mezzanine
  • Features:  exercise facility, small meeting rooms, spacious social and meeting area, visitor lounge, library/computer area, space for small or large gathering, tables for games and activities
  • Appropriate exercise space and machinery for the blind and the deaf
  • Adaptive technologies in the Community Center: closed captioning, braille transcription, looped hearing-aid systems

Color Rendering Floor Plans

1 Bedroom Full Access With Roll-In

Standard One Bedroom

Two Bedroom Full Access With Roll-In

Standard Two Bedroom

Interior Design Plans

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Our Contractor

Dwight Farris, CSC Construction

  • Dwight Farris, President, Founded 1985
  • 40+ years experience in all phases of construction
  • Experience in many multi-family projects around North Carolina.

Dallas Abee, Abee Architecture

  • Dallas Abee, principal, Abee Architecture, PA, founded 1935
  • Graduate, School of Design at North Carollina State University
  • Experience in many multi-family projects. 

"We are especially glad to be a part of the unique Deaf and Blind Community project."  Be sure to click on the picture to enlarge it. 

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