Interactive map accessibility


Presented at 8:00am in Cotton Creek II on Thursday, November 16, 2017.



  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

Session Details

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


Interactive maps are everywhere, and most of them are not accessible. Gian Wild talks about how you make an interactive map, including Google Maps, accessible to all users. Issues such as keyboard accessibility, color contrast and text alternatives for icons will be discussed.


Interactive maps are notoriously difficult to make accessible: in fact when it comes to accessibility for people with vision impairments, often it is assumed that maps cannot be made accessible. Gian Wild talks about the requirements for a fully accessible interactive map and how it can be accessible for all people with disabilities. Examples and instructions on making maps accessible will be demonstrated.


  1. Maps need to have a long description (which is not an address)
  2. Maps need to be keyboard accessible
  3. Maps cannot rely on color alone

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian works in the area of web accessibility: making sure web sites and mobile apps can be used by people with disabilities. She spent six years contributing to the international set of web accessibility guidelines used around the world and is also the CEO and Founder of AccessibilityOz. With offices in Australia and the United States, AccessibilityOz has been operating for five years. Its clients include the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Optus, Seek and Foxtel. A 2017 Australian of the Year award nominee, Gian splits her time between Australia the US. A regular speaker at conferences around the world, in 2015 she presented to the United Nations on the importance of web accessibility at the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Interactive maps, PowerPoint