In honor of ADA’s 30th anniversary, Perkins and SAS have collaborated to develop an accessible Map Library which will be housed on the Paths to Technology website. During COVID-19 school closures, non-visual digital maps are being used successfully during remote instruction for both O&M purposes and for core classroom subjects.
Click the video below to hear how SAS Interns and Orientation & Mobility professionals have started to populate the library with university maps and O&M-related maps, and discover how to download available maps and contribute your custom-made maps.
Additional Resources:SAS Graphics Accelerator Summary Post John's O&M Lesson 1: Non-Visual Digital Maps for Elementary Student John's O&M Lesson 2: Learn about Streets John's O&M Lesson 3: Whole-to-Part Mental Map post
Diane Brauner is an educational accessibility consultant collaborating with various educational app developers and agencies. She splits her time between managing the Perkins eLearning website, Paths to Technology, presenting workshops on a national level and working on accessibility-related projects. Diane has 25+ years as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), working primarily with preschool and school-age students. She holds degrees in Rehabilitation, Elementary Education, Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments, and Orientation and Mobility.
Ed Summers is a blind software engineer and an accessibility specialist. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and 20 years of professional experience as a software developer and a development manager. Ed's personal mission is to enable people with disabilities to realize their full potential in the classroom and the 21st century knowledge economy. Ed leads the accessibility team at SAS, the market leader in business analytics software and services that is used at more than 70,000 sites around the world. He is the Chairman of the North Carolina Commission for the Blind. He is also a member of the North Carolina State Board of Education Advisory Council for the Governor Morehead School for the Blind.