Want a better way to get around San Francisco and the Bay Area? LightHouse tactile maps are a go-to resource for orientation and travel planning. In conjunction with production of Accessible BART Station Maps we have also produced simple user friendly braille and tactile maps of all nine San Francisco Muni Metro stations. Each map “talks” when using a SmartPen and employs bright contrasting colors for easier visibility.
Watch this short tutorial and demo of our Talking Maps.
If you, like many, aren’t familiar with how to read and use tactile maps, the LightHouse can help. LightHouse Orientation and Mobility (O&M) instructors, who are experts at teaching students how to use tactile maps, can teach you. And the LightHouse Access to Information (AIS) team is working hard to develop supplementary materials to serve as training aids in the effective use of our Accessible Maps.
If you are a blind or visually impaired commuter or a Bay Area O&M Specialist or TVI and would like these materials as aids to help your or your students develop the confidence to independently navigate public transit, we would like to hear from you. To learn more, receive instruction and maps; please contact Greg Kehret, Director of Access to Information Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 415-694-7349. This project was funded in part by a New Freedom grant.