Tactile Maps: Design, Construction and Usage

What is a tactile map?

Our tactile maps for the blind include simultaneous low vision and tactile (touch) features, offering a cutting-edge illustration of “universal design” in practice. Any individual, whether they have 20/20 vision, low vision, or no vision, can access and benefit from these maps. Our maps can also be designed to include information for individuals who are mobility impaired, allowing users to identify and plan wheelchair accessible routes.

Quality design and construction

Our permanent installation tactile maps are typically etched in magnesium, but can also be produced in bronze or other materials. They have a high contrast enamel paint and can include color features.

Labeled in Braille, they also utilize an easy-to-read tactile-visual symbol system and include large print, high-contrast displays. They can be designed with a legend and a directory of locations, as well as an X/Y coordinate system for quick tactile navigation.

Suitable for every venue

ClickAndGo Tactile Maps are appropriate for university campuses, schools for the blind, museums, hotel lobbies, downtown areas of cities, camps, libraries, and other sites. Our maps can be made to represent outdoor walking routes, indoor floor plan layouts, fire exit routes, and more. They are an attractive complement to any venue.

See more samples of our tactile maps

Colored tactile map for Kansas School for the Blind
Tactile map mounted on outdoor post, Guide Dogs of America campus