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Portland State University’s College of Education and the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) are excited to reprise this 2nd annual interdisciplinary summit. We invite disability specialists, urban planners, engineers, transportation professionals, students, and community members to discuss the nexus between design, innovation, technology, and access. Themes will examine technological innovations that improve accessibility and wayfinding; smart cities; interdisciplinary approaches for intersections; unequal access to safe roads for those with disabilities who are persons of color; and opportunities for regional coordination across adjacent metropolitan areas, with an emphasis on the Cascadia region.

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General Admission: $130
Students: $45
Refund Policy: All refunds closed Feb 18th, substitutions accepted at no charge.

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Monday, March 11 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Afternoon Breakout: Indoor Wayfinding - New Frontiers

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Mapping the Indoor World
Denise Snow, Craig Meador, Larry Skutchan, and Liz Schaller - American Printing House for the Blind
Learn the background, current status, and plans to map the indoor world. While Google and other companies have done an admirable job at mapping outdoors, indoor spaces present additional significant challenges. Considerations include: no reliable GPS location services, obtaining floor plans from individual venues, and making maps available to all. This presentation summarizes the current state of indoor way finding including methods to obtain accurate positioning information, outlines of current efforts, and possibilities on how to accomplish this audacious goal. The workshop that follows demonstrates an implementation at OSU and overviews the techniques on mapping your own spaces.

After this presentation and workshop, you will:
  • Have a better understanding of the challenges for mapping indoors
  • Know the current efforts
  • Know how to obtain information on ways to map your space

Lived Experiences in Wayfinding for Individuals with Visual Impairment and Deafblindness
Amy Parker and Martin Swobodzinski - Portland State University
Researchers in this NITC funded project will summarize a preliminary analysis from focus group research on the use of wayfinding apps for consumers who are blind and those who are deafblind living in urban environments. O&M Specialists were included as participants in a third focus groups to reflect on the use of apps in providing services with students and clients. Initial analysis from open coding will be discussed.

  • Participants will gain knowledge of the types of apps that were shared in focus group discussions
  • Participants will learn about desired features for wayfinding apps across groups.
  • Participants will learn about the diverse "lived experiences" of individuals who are visually impaired and those who are deafblind

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Liz Schaller

Digital Assets and Metadata Librarian, American Printing House for the Blind
Elizabeth Schaller is the Digital Assets and Metadata Librarian at APH. She is a member of the APH Accessible Cities Committee, and in this capacity she gathers research and spearheads projects that support the APH vision of making Louisville the most accessible city in the United... Read More →
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Denise Snow

Technical Communications Specialist, American Printing House for the Blind
Denise Snow is a Technical Communications Specialist for the American Printing House for the Blind. As a member of the Accessible Cities Committee at APH, she works with local and national blindness agencies, and with local government and transportation officials, to make Louisville... Read More →
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Martin Swobodzinski

Assistant Professor, Portland State University
Dr. Swobodzinski in an assistant professor in the department of geography at Portland State University with a specialization in geographic information science. He is also a collaborator on the Digital City Testbed Center (DCTC) and the past director of the Center for Spatial Analysis... Read More →
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Amy Parker

Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Portland State University, O&M Program
Amy Parker, EdD, COMS, is an assistant professor and the coordinator of the Orientation and Mobility Program in the Special Education Department. In 2009 she completed her doctorate in special education, with an emphasis in deafblindness and a certification in orientation and mobility... Read More →
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Craig Meador

President, American Printing House for the Blind
Dr. Craig Meador was announced as President of the American Printing House for the Blind in December, 2015. Dr. Meador is a former teacher and educational leader for children who are blind and visually impaired. Before assuming the presidency, Dr. Meador served as APH’s Vice President... Read More →
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Larry Skutchan

Director of Technology Product Research, American Printing House for the Blind
Larry Skutchan is the Director of Technology Product Research at the American Printing House for the Blind. He is also currently President of the Transforming Braille Group, LLC; and he was previously CEO of Microtalk (1984-2007) where he wrote innovative word processing, terminal... Read More →

Monday March 11, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Smith Memorial Student Union (3rd Floor, Room 333) 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA