The Texas A&M University has launched a a user-friendly, interactive map to provide those with disabilities assistance in locating the best accessible routes within the main campus.
In recent months, the map was overhauled to be even more user friendly, and information about sustainability, bike racks, special events, and health and safety was added. And as of Jan. 13, the final update for this phase is in place: information on parking and accessibility for people in wheelchairs.
“We created the map with the user in mind,” said Michael Green, manager of emerging & interactive media at Texas A&M, who leads the project. “For example, it recognizes common keywords, such as ‘coffee,’ and common misspellings, such as ‘Zachary’ for ‘Zachry.’ We’re especially excited about the new information for wheelchair users. It underscores our reputation for being a welcoming and inclusive community.”
As is often the case at Texas A&M, students were the catalyst. When a group of engineering students contacted Green about a project to help those in wheelchairs navigate the interiors of campus buildings, he put them in touch with Concept 3D, the university’s corporate partner in developing the interactive map.