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    GIS and people with visual impairments or blindness: Exploring the potential for education, orientation, and navigation

    Jacobson, R. Daniel and Kitchin, Rob (1997) GIS and people with visual impairments or blindness: Exploring the potential for education, orientation, and navigation. Transactions in GIS, 2 (4). pp. 315-332. ISSN 1361-1682

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    GIS, with their predominantly visual communication of spatial information, may appear to have little to offer people with visual impairments or blindness. However, because GIS store and manage the spatial relations between objects, alternative, non-visual ways to communicate this information can be utilized. As such, modified GIS could provide people with visual impairments access to detailed spatial information that would aid spatial learning, orientation, and spatial choice and decision making. In this paper, we explore the ways that GIS have been, and might be, adapted for use by people with visual impairments or blindness. We review current developments, report upon a small experimental study that compares the ability of GIS-based and various adaptive technologies to communicate spatial information using non-visual media, and provide an agenda for future research. We argue that adapted GIS hold much promise for implicitly improving the quality of life for visually impaired people by increasing mobility and independence.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: GIS; visual impairment; blindness; education; orientation; navigation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 5372
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    Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
    Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2014 11:55
    Journal or Publication Title: Transactions in GIS
    Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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