[Athen] Making maps accessible - identifying counties

Bourne, Sarah (MASSIT) sarah.bourne at mass.gov
Wed Oct 16 04:49:00 PDT 2019

The State of Minnesota has put together an excellent resource on map accessibility. It was a joint effort between their Office of Accessibility and their Geospatial Information Office. See Map Accessibility<https://mn.gov/mnit/about-mnit/accessibility/maps/>.

I'm not sure if there's anything there that would help for this assignment as it seems to be an exercise in recognizing shapes and positions. To find a suitable alternative for a non-sighted person you should discuss the goal of this with the instructor.

Sarah E. Bourne
Director of IT Accessibility
Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS)
1 Ashburton Place, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
Office: (617) 626-4502
sarah.bourne at mass.gov | www.mass.gov/eotss<http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/itd/>

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Steph Rogers
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 4:07 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] Making maps accessible - identifying counties

Hello all,

I am looking for ideas, suggestions and solutions for making maps accessible online.


The instructor is teaching a fully online geography class. He has map quizzes in each module. The student must look at a state map with no identifying information except the outlines of all of the counties and identify the highlighted county. I've got it nailed down on color contrast/texture for the highlighted counties, but what about making this assessment accessible to a student who is blind?

There is not a student in need at the moment, I'm just curious to see what others have done or what your ideas or suggestions would be for this type of assessment.

Warm Regards,

Steph Rogers
Instructional Designer
Center for eLearning and Connected Environments
University of Central Oklahoma
Phone: 405-974-3402
Email: srogers18 at uco.edu<mailto:srogers18 at uco.edu>

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