Disabilities

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(Merging done, please help to clean up!)

Why this page?

It would be optimal, if all relevant information for handicapped persons would be in the map. This is not the case. For many objects there are no tags, for others are no keys that specify the accessibility. Any wiki page that contains information for handicapped persons shall be added to this category. When we are finished all pages will contain such information (and the category becomes useless...! )

OpenStreetMap aims to be the best world map for people with disabilities - by keeping track of important tags like wheelchair accessibility with Wheelmap, and by creating accessible versions of the map. It's important that OpenStreetMap's data is open in full because it makes these things possible - to process a world map into a direction finder for the blind, or a map of only wheelchair-accessible places.

This page is supposed to collect features, tags and information relevant for disabled persons.

Please add links to the related topics.

General information sources

Tagging for Disabilities in general

Different accessibility challenge types

Visual impairment/blindness

Main article: OSM for the blind

Routing for visual impairment/blindness

  • Loadstone GPS is a free non-graphics satellite navigation software developed for Symbian Mobile/phones using the Series60 platform. See also the interface Nuance Talks.
  • LoroDux is a OSM and Java ME based multi platform navigation software for mobile devices for blind and visually impaired persons.

Maps for visual impairment/blindness

Using ordinary online maps with visual impairment

… or: how to make the words on the map bigger?

  • For most/all slippy maps (like the one on osm.org) you can just use your browser's zoom feature (e.g., of Firefox) to enlarge everything. Be sure to not set "zoom only text" in your browser's settings/view/zoom menu options. A downside is that the map image usually gets blurry. If you view a slippy map which uses "retina" tiles (retina tile map example), you can magnify much more until the image get blurry (comparison example).
  • Use the zoom function of your operating system (as the font size problem does not only affects you on maps).
  • Using another map style with bigger text and better contrast is another option: for example OpenTopoMap (no street names) or even more contrast with toner-lite by stamen / toner by stamen (few names).

Tagging for visual impairment/blindness

You can find a lot of tags concerning accessibility in these categories:

Walking impairment/wheelchair drivers/stroller

Tagging for walking impairment/wheelchair drivers/stroller

You can find a lot of tags concerning accessibility in these categories:

Routing for walking impairment/wheelchair drivers/stroller

Hearing impaired/deafness

  • Visual map with icons for objects of special interest to deaf persons (Project does not exist yet)
  • Tags for deaf persons or persons with hearing impairment: See category:Hearing Impairment
  • (Add your project here)

Tagging for hearing impaired/deafness

You can find a lot of tags concerning accessibility in these categories:

Maps for hearing impaired/deafness

  • Want to start this project? Just go ahead and link your map here.

Routing for hearing impaired/deafness

  • Deaf persons can usually handle ordinary visual routing software.

Routing for deafblind/hearing impaired and visually impaired

  • LoroDux is a routing software for blind users. It has a vibration mode for navigation, but is not fully accessible for deafblind users.
  • Want to start this project? Just go ahead and link your router here.

How can I help?

You can support this project for example by working on the following tasks:

  • Identify objects of special interest in your surrounding and map them if tags exist. If there are no tags documented, ask for them here.
  • Help in one of the listed projects.
  • Tell your disabled friends about OSM and ask them to tell their needs here.
  • Organize micro mapping parties that collect very accurate data.
  • Translate this page to other languages.
  • proposing needed tags and keys here on this page
  • adding headlines for other handicaps here on this page
  • adding lines for objects of interest here on this page
  • reminding mappers on object pages to enter additional keys helpful for disabled persons
  • creating icons for the tags and keys and request their rendering
  • programming routing software or renderers that do not rely on visual output.

More information

You can find a lot of tags concerning accessibility in these categories:

Join the accessibility mailing list by sending an email to accessibility-subscribe@openstreetmap.org.

See this page in other languages for local language mailing lists.

Information sources