What good are maps to blind people?
That's a question we get asked all too often. Back in November, I hosted a talk at a local partners offices about accessibility and how we can use accessibility as a design tool to solve other problems. Because, quite often, when we make something more accessible to people with disabilities, we make it better for everyone.
After the talk, I spent time with some of the audience that was there and I was asked by a number of people about maps. "How do we make maps accessible?" they asked. "Why would we waste all that time on a tool that is so visual and that blind people wouldn't really want to use anyway?" "What value are maps to blind people?"
So let me be blunt. Here's why we put together this course:
Making maps accessible doesn't just mean making them accessible to people that are blind using a screen reader. It means making sure that we do everything we can to ensure that people with any ability or disability can use the maps that we create.
There's generally two kinds of maps in this world. Maps for the sake of maps, and maps that serve a very specific purpose -- to show data; to provide routes; to orient oneself to find a local landmark. Those functional, specific maps are the kind that most teams want in their sites. And that functionality is something that everyone needs, including people with disabilities.
If you think that the companies that create the maps and their APIs are going to make things accessible for you by default, you're wrong. For whatever reason, Google Maps, Bing Maps and others aren't very accessible. If you want to do maps right, you'll need a guide. That's what this course is all about.
Practical Design & Development Techniques
We're not just about to give you 90 minutes of theory on how to make maps accessible. We aren't going to run through the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and tell you what you "should" do. We're going to give you in-depth coverage of the material that you need to walk away and make your maps accessible right now.
This virtual seminar is based on the work that we've done with maps for several different clients. We've analyzed the accessibility requirements of online maps from both a design and development perspective. We've distilled this down to put the essentials that you need into one package for $99.
What you’ll learn
- The shortcomings of existing maps AND what to do about it
- Reusable strategies and techniques for looking at ANY accessibility problem
- The 3 most important keyboard interactions you need to add to your maps.
What you'll get
- Instruction from one of the world’s top experts in accessible design and development.
- Access to a full archive of the virtual seminar including a copy of the slides, the audio and a transcript. Perfect if you can’t attend live, or need to revisit the material for your next project.
- Join the LIVE version of the call and you'll receive a downloadable copy of our Guide to Creating Accessible Google Maps