A young participant at the annual Braille Challenge competition at LightHouse

Braille and Accessible Design

Our Media and Accessible Design Lab (MAD Lab), an experienced team of designers and alternative format specialists, is hired by hundreds of agencies and individuals in the fields of ADA signage, tactile graphics and maps, 3D educational objects, braille and audio, among other areas of accessible design, and is always on hand to help your project reach its accessible potential.

With thorough consideration of access to information and world-class wayfinding, MAD Lab specializes in solutions to accommodate blind and visually impaired people. Innovative multi-modal approaches that encompass sense of touch, hearing and new technologies enable people who are blind or low vision and of varying abilities to enjoy full, independent lives. MAD Lab always designs with these principles in mind.

Recent MAD Lab projects include: Design of a 3D printable interpretive trailhead map of Deep Sink Trail for the National Park Service; “Discover Alcatraz: A Tour of the Rock”, the latest in our ongoing series of accessible maps (large print, braille and tactile) for Golden Gate National Recreation Area; Accessible maps for all six domestic Disney theme parks; Designed and produced, for Calgary Transit Access in Alberta, Canada, accessible station maps and developed a tactile map training guide as a teaching aid to help blind transit riders use these maps effectively.

Past projects include: Development of audio-tactile maps of all 44 Bay Area Rapid Transit stations and SF Muni metro stations, and audio-tactile maps of UC Berkeley. For the National Park Service the MAD Lab has served as access consultants on bas relief, 3D models, audio-tours, and web content for interpretive exhibits such as Rosie the Riveter in Richmond, CA; Alcatraz in San Francisco, CA; and the topographic maps of Redwood Creek Watershed in Muir Woods and Land’s End in San Francisco.

To see these and many other projects, please see our portfolio page.

For contract inquiries, contact MADLab@lighthouse-sf.org.


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