Specialized maps to assist visually impaired in navigating campus

New maps will help people with visual disabilities to make their way through the campus, says Anne Mullen of the office of human rights, equity and accessibility.

The maps are available in large print format and in Braille—which employs raised print for interpretation by touch.

“It boils down to independence,” says Mullen, manager of accessibility and human rights. “Everyone should have the opportunity to navigate the campus on their own.”

The maps take the form of several pages coil bound on heavy stock, representing sections of the campus and an extensive index. They are available from Student Disability Services or through Mullen’s office.

“Our accessibility committee had identified the need,” she says. “We’re just glad to be able to provide this service.”

She says her office will consider improvements to the maps for future iterations. To procure either a large-print or Braille map of the campus, contact Mullen at 519-253-3000, ext. 2046.