Finding the ways to make wayfinding work

Bios & Handouts

#17854

Speaker(s)

  • Kaela Parks, Portland Comm. College
  • Michael Cantino, Accessibility Specialist, Portland Community College

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

Online maps, tactile maps, written directions, beacons, and 3D campus models are all approaches used at Portland Community college. In this session we will share what we have learned in the process of making our campus map and path of travel information more accessible and usable for those with different needs and preferences.

Abstract

This session will provide a description of several different complementary approaches to wayfinding. 1) Online maps that use placemarks to provide text based descriptions of the location for accessible building features 2) Tactile maps created with swell paper or braille embossing 3) Narrative written directions 4) Beacons (not installed site-wide but done as a proof as concept in one location) 5) 3D printed campus models

Keypoints

  1. No single wayfinding solution or approach will work for all users - complementary approaches are needed
  2. End user testing is critical - at all stages
  3. Collaboration and shared responsibility make solutions more sustainable

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Kaela Parks

Kaela Parks, M.Ed. . is the Director of Disability Services at Portland Community College. She is a former Co-Chair of the AHEAD Standing Committee on Technology, a past Chair of the NASPA Disability Knowledge Community, and a past President of ORAHEAD. She was lead trainer for a FIPSE demonstration project aimed at supporting adjunct faculty on rural campuses in the implementation of Universal Design, and was co-editor of the publication titled "Beyond the ADA:Proactive Policy and Practice for Higher Education." She frequently offers trainings and presentations on a variety of disability and accessibility related topics.

Michael Cantino

TBD

Handout(s)