Map Design Considerations for Accessibility Geographic Information (recommended)

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In August of 2015 a committee was established between multiple Government of Ontario Ministries (MNRF, MTO, OMAFRA, MOECC, CSC, MEDEI/MRI, MCSS) to investigate and provide recommendations on how to best design maps so they are accessible to as wide an audience as possible. To achieve this, it was critical to consider the challenges that persons with disabilities could have when interacting with and interpreting maps. The document focuses on the following considerations for accessible map design: • Contrast • Colour • Style and Patterns • Font Selection • Annotation and Labelling • Simplicity and Consistency • Alternative Formats and Descriptions The document was endorsed in 2016 by the GIS in the OPS Director Manager Working Group (DMWG). Although there are new and emerging technologies for creating maps for users with disabilities, the majority of this document is intended to assist designers creating map content for a range of users who have full sight to those with moderately low vision who do not use assistive technology. The document does not address the technology or medium used to generate or publish the final map product, or the accessibility concerns that arise out of any technology, such as those outlined in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines published by the World Wide Web Consortium for content published on the web. The concepts described within the document are applicable to map design, regardless of how a map is created, produced, or delivered. Consult with your Ministry's Accessibility Coordinator for assistance in these and other areas of accessibility considerations.