604 May Using Accessible Maps to Teach Location Literacy

Using Accessible Maps to
Teach Location Literacy
Mike May
Katie Gilmore
Jamie Murdy
Accessible Maps
Accessible Maps Description
Provides spoken and on-screen map data
and 15 million points of interest for U.S.
states, territories, and Canada.
It speaks on any Windows® computer
whether or not the computer has screen
reading software installed.
Can be used for both classroom and O&M
Accessible Maps Description
Verbal and visual description of physical
space and what it contains.
Street map of the location for people with
visual impairments.
Virtually explore streets and learn layout
by moving to the next intersection or by
making left or right turns
Benefits of Accessible Maps
Set a destination and track the distance and
compass heading to that destination
Save, reverse, review, and print or emboss
pedestrian or vehicle routes
Record or type descriptive information about
a particular intersection, parking lot, building,
or other location; and attach that information
so that you can access it when you explore
the map
Access to Location Information
• Learn about surroundings and have access to
visual signs.
• “Look around” to gather information about the
travel environment, including street names,
intersections, points of interest, city, etc.
• Mental and visual mapping skills
• Can be introduced with tactile maps (example:
T Maps or Chang Kit)
Introduces Important Concepts
• Left and right concepts
• Introduces Cardinal Directions
• Clock face directions
• Applies geography and social studies
core curriculum concepts
• Environmental concepts including
shapes of intersections, direction of
travel, sidewalks, types of streets etc.
• Low vision features
 O&M
◦ What is around Student’s School
◦ Finding POIs
◦ Creating Route to nearby POI to
preview for lesson
 Explore
Washington DC for
Social Studies
◦ Explore map of Washington DC
◦ Learn about major historical