For the sighted, visual maps efficiently depict distinct features, such as landmarks, as well as structural information, such as distance between places, and even the relative directions of those features compared to others, which all can be assessed with a glance (Stock, Peterson, Hancock, & Verdi, 1995). We found this to be interesting terrain for scholars with various research agendas, including in technical communication, new media, media accessibility, disability rights, and Universal Design.
In this webinar, we will discuss our mixed-methods approach into Audio Description research of maps included feedback from diverse blind, visually impaired, and sighted stakeholders. We will also share how we tested these insight through field work, complemented by multiple interviews and focus groups.
Join us as we showcase the digital tools we developed – including open-source software and free mobile apps – for iterative testing and sharing of ideas, primarily at U.S. National Parks.