Tactile maps of the world map including six major metropolitan cities and Jeju Island of Korea were produced. This can be used as an educational material to effectively promote geography education for students with visually-handicapped.
NGII (Director General, Choe Byong-Nam) expects that this tactile map will be useful for both teachers and students who have difficulties in geography education due to the lack of data. Also, it is distributed to more than 130 related institutions including the schools for the blind, the braille library, and the special education support center.
Braille maps produced in this time are three kinds: world map, tactile map of major cities in Korea, and guide maps for schools. NGII have consistently collected opinions of related groups such as the visual disability, as well as usability evaluations and expert committee evaluations for actual users who have been on several occasions.
The map of the schools for the visually handicapped produced for 14 schools nationwide to be used for on-campus walking education. and “Campus Guide Map” for displaying location of campus facilities.
In the future, NGII plans to continue providing and supporting tactile map guidance to 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics to provide spatial information to socially underprivileged.