Wayfinding in a digital world: Providing accessible campus maps

Author: laurencg

Lauren is a program manager within the Equity and Access Office and serves as co-chair for the Commission on Disability Access and Design (CDAD) at Northern Arizona University. She earned a BA in Sociocultural Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and is currently writing her master’s thesis in educational anthropology at Northern Arizona University. As part of her master’s program she became interested in GIS-based mapping. Lauren’s current role has provided her the opportunity to utilize her collaborative skills and GIS knowledge to work with a number of campus stakeholders toward a vision of a completely accessible campus map. She also works closely with NAU’s Facility Services Department to ensure compliance with ADA as well as promote Universal Design in the built environment and works across campus departments to create accessible media, forms, and documents. Lauren’s work also includes facilitating and reorganizing the biannual accessibility scavenger hunt. She is a 2013 recipient of the CDAD’s Leadership Award. Lauren has presented at the ESRI Users Conference, the AHEAD conference, the AHEAD technology series, Accessing Higher Ground (November 2017) and the Society for Applied Anthropology. She is also a community advisory board member for an American Occupational Therapy Foundation grant. Lauren was also...