Paths to Literacy

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Creating Accessible Maps

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Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist (COMS) Chris Tabb has compiled resources on creating accessing maps for individuals who are blind or who have low vision.

Table of Contents


Tactile Maps

  • Creating Tactile Maps
  • Creating Vector Line Drawing Tactile Maps
  • Symbol Set from University of Oregon
  • Talking Tactile Map Tutorial
  • Thematic Tactile Maps for States
  • Guidelines for Vacuum Formed Tactile Maps
  • 3D Pen Videos
  • Tactile Mapping Software
  • QuickTac Tactile Graphics Program

Map Making Materials and Equipment

  • APH Tactile Graphic Image Library
  • Swell Paper
  • Swell Form Machine
  • PIAF (Pictures In A Flash) Machine
  • Tangible Magic Paper
  • Brailon Thermoform Paper
  • Thermoform Machine
  • Tactile Library (Tactile Skill Development, Geography, etc.)

Auditory Maps

  • ClickAndGo Wayfinding Maps
  • Video Tutorial for Creating Talking Maps for an iPad


To see the full list of resources, go to:

Pinterest collage to create accessible maps

Posted on September 9, 2016
Updated on: February 8, 2018