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Creating a Non-Visual Digital Map: Video Tutorial

Step-by-step instructions and best practices when creating a non-visual digital map for students who are blind or low vision.

Are you working with a student/client and want to create a customized non-visual digital map? Do you want to add just the information relevant for a specific O&M goal or only information that is pertinent for your student? Traditional map apps have numerous points of interest and often contain so much information that it is overwhelming! Or maybe you want to add O&M-related information to a data point or add in a POI that is an important landmark for your student. Now you can! With the free SAS Graphics Accelerator, you can choose which data points to include on your map and what information each data point contains!

Before creating a customized map, it is important to clearly consider the goal of the map along with the student’s abilities (tech skills familiarity with the map software and O&M skills).

The following video tutorial provides step-by-step instruction on how to create customized non-visual digital maps for students/clients who are blind or low vision using and the free SAS Graphics Accelerator.


Want to see what the final Illinois School for the Visually Impaired maps look like? Here are two maps: an introductory map with 11 points and a campus building/streets map with 28 points.


The next video demonstrates how to access a map from the Map Library on Paths to Technology website and how to edit the existing map.


Non-visual digital maps are accessible, digital maps designed specifically for users who are blind or low vision. Keep in mind that these maps are non-visual – meaning that the maps provide information in an auditory format not a visual format. Just like braille looks different than print, auditory maps will look different than traditional print maps.


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