‘Click and Go Maps’ & wayfinding mobility for all

Americas, DIAUD Network, October 2 2017

On September 20th, the DIAUD Network hosted their next biweekly network meeting to continue discussion on possible collaborations towards accessible urban development. In an effort to improve visibility and outcomes of our Persons with Disabilities – Partner Constituent Group (PWD-PCG), which is under the auspices of the General Assembly of Partners (GAP), the DIAUD Network has now incorporated time into its meetings to focus on its responsibilities for the GAP.  This shift in meeting structure will allow members to contribute to and influence certain UN processes that affect persons with disabilities.  During the network meeting, opportunities were presented for members to become more directly involved in the GAP.

Click and Go MapsJoe Cioffi, Founder and CEO of Click and Go Maps, presented his work to the network. Mr. Cioffi has worked as a consultant in deaf-blindness education for the past 30 years, with expertise in Orientation and Mobility techniques for the deaf-blind and blind. He has published various articles and book chapters on Usher syndrome and Orientation and Mobility, and has taught and lectured extensively in the United States and abroad. His experience includes supervising the O & M department at the Helen Keller National Center in the 90’s, directing the first Masters level program for O & M instructors in Thailand, and providing numerous deaf-blind workshops and trainings nationally and internationally. He also founded the company InTouch Graphics, and has been a leading designer of tactile maps for the past 20 years.

During the meeting Mr. Cioffi introduced the network to Click and Go Wayfinding, and their no-cost technology products which work to bring independent mobility to everyone.  These products use tactile maps and navigation to deliver accessible high-quality route and spatial information to the user through their web application.  The technology is licensed across a range of venues both in and outdoors, including parks, government facilities, hotels and transit environments, and most recently is being developed for corporate partners to increase accessibility.  Mr. Cioffi explained the toolbox of solutions included in the application so that individual users can customize data according to their needs.  Generally, the products use iBeacons to provide narrative descriptions and steps, in multiple languages, that allow travelers to explore options and travel seamlessly to their destination. Additional features include pre-journey tours, intersection descriptions, low vision maps, and the option to program points of interest. Mr. Cioffi briefly discussed their current efforts to map Metro systems in Washington DC, as well as to expand globally.

The PWD-PCG/ DIAUD Network’s next meeting will occur on Wednesday October 4th, 2017 at 9:00pm EDT.  This meeting will feature a presentation by Albert Rizzi, founder of My Blind Spot, highlighting their efforts to help companies ensure that “their digital offerings, websites, mobile applications, and work environments are accessible to people of all abilities.”

The collaboration between the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) , the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), and World Enabled makes the DIAUD Network possible.  These network meetings are hosted and recorded on a virtual platform by IDPP and the recordings are available to registered DIAUD Network members.  In order to receive updates and further your participation with the Network,  join the mailing list, go to https://goo.gl/dtxWJf

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