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Community Foundation Grant helps bring a 3D tactile model to Buffalo’s Richardson Olmsted south lawn

3D tactile model of the Richardson Olmsted Complex

Tactile graphics and models are a common way of presenting spatial information to people who do not see well enough to use print graphics. Raised line street maps can communicate very complex spatial arrangements, if they are thoughtfully designed, and if a knowledgeable human reader is nearby who can patiently announce the names of each thing the blind person asks about while exploring the map. Building often provide two-dimensional diagrams like “you are there maps” to help orient individuals and help them understand building layouts. Rarely, are these maps augmented with tactile models for people with visual impairments. Multi-sensory models have benefits for all building users because they expand the amount of information available for all. Touch Graphics worked with the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA) to design, fabricate, and install a raised 3D tactile map showing buildings and grounds of the Richardson Olmsted Complex. The model is located on the South Lawn and can be used year round.