Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - Geography & Anthropology

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Uli Ingram

Additional Faculty

Randy Emert, Engineering Technology, remert@kennesaw.edu

Abstract (300 words maximum)

The KSU Accessible Mapping Project is a research-based proposal with the purpose of creating maps for the visual and mobility impaired. Seeing that Kennesaw State University’s campuses are vast and populated, this project strives to help those who can’t experience it 100%. For the visually disabled, the creation of 3D printed maps of both campuses allows the student to feel their way through campus. The maps will contain details such as the buildings, roads, and sidewalks. For mobility disabilities, all the handicap accessibilities that are available on campus are labeled on one map. Such accessibilities include handicapped parking, curb cuts, ramps, stairs, elevators, etc. Not only that, but we also intend on gathering feedback from KSU faculty, staff, and students to better prepare ourselves for the creation of these maps. When it comes to research, not only will we be exploring sources related to accessible mapping, but we will also be evaluating other universities’ accessible data and features to make sure we include everything and anything possible. Creating this map will not only help those with disabilities but will also allow them to fully experience their college lives. Having a disability shouldn’t stop students from getting the education that they deserve, so we strive to make the navigation of campus 10x easier for them all.

Disciplines

Geography

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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KSU Accessible Mapping Project

The KSU Accessible Mapping Project is a research-based proposal with the purpose of creating maps for the visual and mobility impaired. Seeing that Kennesaw State University’s campuses are vast and populated, this project strives to help those who can’t experience it 100%. For the visually disabled, the creation of 3D printed maps of both campuses allows the student to feel their way through campus. The maps will contain details such as the buildings, roads, and sidewalks. For mobility disabilities, all the handicap accessibilities that are available on campus are labeled on one map. Such accessibilities include handicapped parking, curb cuts, ramps, stairs, elevators, etc. Not only that, but we also intend on gathering feedback from KSU faculty, staff, and students to better prepare ourselves for the creation of these maps. When it comes to research, not only will we be exploring sources related to accessible mapping, but we will also be evaluating other universities’ accessible data and features to make sure we include everything and anything possible. Creating this map will not only help those with disabilities but will also allow them to fully experience their college lives. Having a disability shouldn’t stop students from getting the education that they deserve, so we strive to make the navigation of campus 10x easier for them all.

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