hear the map

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05-24-2021 01:44 PM
TomBaker
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We don't all see the same.  Some of us have varying degrees of visual impairment.  When thinking about the nearly 50 million students in the US K-12 system, that's also quite true.

Lately, I've been tinkering with maps that produce sound to indicate what is otherwise expressed visually.  I'm using some open source 'speaking' tools that basically say whatever I can pass to it.  So in this example, when a student clicks on a biome, ArcGIS passes the biome name to a javascript tool. It's a crude first pass, but interesting I think. Thus far, this little experiment works in Chrome.  

https://trbaker.github.io/edlab/hearTheMap/

If you are working on maps or map tools for those with visual impairments, include a description and URL in the comments below.  It would be great to see what others are doing to give ArcGIS a voice.

Don't forget to explore the Esri Accessibility community.

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Geospatial technologies in K-12, higher education, teacher education, and informal learning. Esri Education Team