and Sample Tactile Maps by InTouch Graphics

An embossed or bas-relief tactile map provides navigation assistance via touch for a blind or vision impaired person. The permanently mounted map is typically a bird’s eye view of an outdoor campus layout, highlighting prominent landmarks. Maps can also be designed showing indoor floor plans. Below are photos and images of our map designs and installations.

Our wayfinding maps are labeled in Braille, utilize an easy-to-read tactile-visual symbol system, and have simultaneous large print high-contrast displays. They come with a map key and directory of locations, and can also be designed with an X/Y coordinate system for quick tactile navigation.

Unfortunately, most blind adults have had very little previous experience using tactile maps, largely because these maps have been unavailable to them throughout their school years. Many of the most prominent schools for the blind in the world still do not have tactile maps of their campuses, and tactile map training is either absent entirely or a very weak part of the Orientation and Mobility curriculum.

Read more about tactile map design, construction and usage.

Contact us to discuss your wayfinding accessibility needs.

Tactile map mounted on outdoor post, Guide Dogs of America campus
Tactile map mounted on outdoor post, Guide Dogs of America campus
Colored tactile map for Kansas School for the Blind
Colored tactile map for Kansas School for the Blind
Tactile map for UAA campus
Tactile map for UAA campus
Tactile map close-up view showing Braille, embossed symbols and high contrast coloring.
Tactile map close-up view showing Braille, embossed symbols and high contrast coloring.
Photo of tactile map for Teachers College
Photo of tactile map for Teachers College
Photo of tactile map for Teachers College
Photo of tactile map for Teachers College
Tactile map for New York University
Tactile map for New York University
Tactile map for California School for the Blind
Tactile map for California School for the Blind