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The Accessible Virtual Campus
Maps are often inaccessible to individuals with visual impairments and may be difficult to understand for many others. See what can be done to make accessible maps.
Instructional Methods and Media & Materials links will provide tips to help you create universally designed materials.
Is there a way to display text-based data on a map, keeping it accessible, useful, and visually attractive? Yes there is by using an accessible CSS-based map in which the underlying map data is separated from the visual layout. This web article explains, and gives an example for making web-based maps more accessible.
Duffy, S - "A List Apart"
This website provides the book Implementing Universal Design in Higher Education for free. "The purpose of this book is to introduce readers to the concepts of Universal Design (UD) and Universal Instructional Design (UID). This collection of essays addresses learning both within and outside the classroom, recognizing the role higher education plays in developing the “whole” person (American Council on Education, 1937, 1949; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, 1989)."
University of Minnesota
Evaluation of the Colorbrewer Color Schemes for Accommodation of Map Readers with Impaired Color Vision
This thesis titled "Evaluation of the Colorbrewer Color Schemes for Accommodation of Map Readers with Impaired Color Vision" reviews the literature regarding colorblindness and helps to refine the ColorBrewer tool. This study examines the differences in map reading ability and color perception between individuals with impaired color vision and individuals with normal color vision.
A Thesis in Geography by Steven D. Gardner, Pennsylvania State University, Graduate School, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
This public discussion from 2004, courtesy of W3C World Wide Web Consortium contains several discussions regarding web based maps, road maps and accessibility. The content is geared to web technology professionals.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
This printable rubric provides a guide to evaluate a syllabus based on different elements using universal design components.
EnACT, California State University
In depth discussion/"how-to" with sources - books, conference proceedings, and web link. This website presents how Scaleable Vector Graphics increase "accessibility and interactivity to help people with visual impairment read audio-tactile maps."
This pdf document contains Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design. Accessible design must be a part of the new philosophy of exhibition development because people with disabilities are a part of museums diverse audience. Discovering exciting, attractive ways to make exhibitions accessible will most directly serve people with disabilities and older adults. But to name an audience who will not benefit by these designs is impossible. Accessibility begins as a mandate to serve people who have been discriminated against for centuries; it prevails as a tool that serves diverse audiences for a lifetime.
Smithsonian Accessibility Program
In this brief article, a graduate student from Kansas University draws on personal experience and faculty support in a comprehensive project to create tactile diagrams of campus.
Maines, S. in the Lawrence Journal-World & News
Basics of GIS as background to accessible maps. "GIS is a broad field, requiring expertise in a range of areas ranging from cartography, systems administration, relational database management, programming and of course, spatial analysis."