SMCRL

Tactile Mapping Resources

Welcome to the Spatial and Map Cognition Research Lab's Products Site.

On this website you can find many of the tactile mapping resources that have been produced by the Spatial and Map Cognition Research Lab for public dissemination and use. These tactile mapping products have been developed through our ongoing research investigating spatial thinking, navigation, and map use. These resources are part of an ongoing effort to improve the: availability of tactile map resources, ease and independence of mobility, and availability of geographic education materials for users who are blind or low vision.

Tactile and Mapping Editor (TaME):

This software was developed in order to make the production of tactile maps and graphics easier for the general population. The software includes the tactile symbol set developed by the lab so that all of the products created in TaME are consistent and easily readable. Through this project we hope to make mapping more available for everyone, and in the process increase the number, and customizability, of tactile resources available to populations who are blind or low vision.

 

Tactile Thematic Maps

These maps were developed to address the issue that most maps display phenomena visually, and are not accessible for users who are blind or low vision. Many maps use a color ramp to display where there is more or less of a given phenomena. In order to make these types of maps accessible for non-sighted users, we have created a tactile symbology in order to display the information. In addition to providing these maps we have created a set of lesson plans developed with these maps in mind. Hopefully these maps, along with the lesson plans, will help to increase both the amount of accessible geographic materials, as well as increase the availability of accessible geographic education.

 

Tactile Symbol Set

The tactile symbol set was developed so that there would be a set of general use symbols to make the development, and use, of tactile maps easier and a more standardized experience for users. Examples of the symbols included in the symbol set are: streets, intersections, buildings, parks, and more.

These resources have been developed and made available through grants from:

The National Science Foundation
Research in Disabilities Education Program

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

For more information about any of the projects listed on this website, please visit our research website at: geography.uoregon.edu/geocog.