TMAP: Tactile Maps Automated Production

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Image of TMAP - black tactile lines indicating streets and a circle indicating the location of the original address.

Interested in learning about your neighborhood? The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually impaired partnered with Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute to create tactile maps with crisp, raised lines. Simply share the desired address and three tactile map versions (simple, moderate and dense map scale ratios), a tactile map key, and an introductory page will be mailed two you within two business days. All materials are printed on 11' x 11.5' sheets of embossed paper and include ink/large print labels in addition to the braille. All streets that reach the edge of the map are labeled with 3 letter abbreviations. Currently, the map includes a dot indicating the focus address. (Additional points of interest are anticipated to be made available in future releases.) 

TMAPs utilize data from OpenStreetMap, an open-source project.

For more information, go to the TMAP page on the LightHouse website.