Our Experience

Our combined experience in blindness education and graphic design and cartography significantly distinguishes us from all other tactile mapmakers. We have 28 years of direct experience teaching orientation and mobility skills to blind and deafblind adults. This intimate understanding of the needs of blind and deafblind travelers is combined with over 20 years of experience custom-designing specialty maps for the blind.

Our visual and tactile symbols have been developed over many years, and are based upon feedback from low vision, blind and deafblind users. Visual and tactile information is presented clearly, identifying important landmarks which can assist in orientation, and doing so in a way that avoids both tactile and visual clutter.

A partial list of previous clients includes:

El Camino College
Long Beach City College
University of Georgia
University of Tennessee
The International Spy Museum
New York University
Cerritos College
Lavelle School for the Blind
The Helen Keller National Center
The California School for the Blind

Bayside Area and Special Services Library for the Visually Impaired (Virginia Beach)
The Childrens’ Museum of Indianapolis
Queens College
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind (Seabeck)
Porterville College (CA)
Minnesota State Services for the Blind
New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped

InTouch Graphics Team

Joe Cioffi, M.Ed. – President

Joe has been a private consultant in deaf-blindness education for the past 28 years, with expertise in Orientation and Mobility techniques for the deafblind and blind. He has also been a designer of tactile maps for the past 20 years. He currently provides deafblindness consulting and training nationally and internationally, and offers private instruction to children and adults in Minnesota. He has published various articles and book chapters on Usher syndrome and Orientation and Mobility, and has taught and lectured extensively in the United States and abroad.

Allison O'Day – Braille proofreader

Allison O’Day is a Library of Congress certified braille proofreader, receiving certification in 1988. She is employed at the State of MN as a Braille Specialist. She is also employed by the National Federation of the Blind as a proofreader of the Literary Braille Transcribing Course Lessons. She works with over 100 students working toward receiving Literary Braille Certification. In addition, Allison is currently serving on a committee to prepare guidelines and standards for the production of tactile graphics.

Junn Matsuda – Designer

Artist/graphic designer. Junn is a life-long artist and designer and has been freelancing for the last 5 years for a variety of companies. He has 10 years of experience designing many different types of graphics including logos, banners, ads, corporate ID, etc, and specializes in map creation.