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‘Talking’ Braille maps help the visual impaired

June 12, 2013

Way back in 2011, I wrote about a volunteer effort that involved some of us at HOK SF: documenting BART stations around the Bay Area to create “talking” tactile maps for the blind.
Conducted under the guidance of Lighthouse for the Blind, this effort was a great learning experience in terms of how the blind navigate complex spaces that the rest of us take for granted (transit hubs, malls.. the list goes on). It was also a great look at how technology is being harnessed to aid the differently abled. These maps have raised symbols for important navigational landmarks like escalators and stairs overlaid on a simple outline of BART stations.

About the Author: Aditya Oruganti offers his perspectives on the beautiful city of San Francisco and the goings-on of HOK's SF office. When he's not working, Adi likes to read and travel. Read more posts by Aditya Oruganti.

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