On any student’s first day here at UW-Whitewater there will be difficulty navigating campus. This is especially true for students with disabilities. These students have no idea where some barriers are located so this tool was created to solve this problem.

The Problem

The Problem:

Where is my next class!!!!

On any students first weeks here at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, there will be difficulties navigating campus.  These issues are increased for students with disabilities.  There are currently no existing tools to locate where  barriers to access are located (we only provide static paper maps). It was with these issues in mind that we sought to develop a tool to help overcome  this problem.  This university is known for being one of the top leaders in accessibility and this application is just one more way that the campus will be able to continue the streak of being one of the leaders in handicap accessibility.

The Mapplication:

The current tool is a mobile only application that can be accessed Click Here

or put this in your browser and map it:
http://gis.uww.edu/accessibility (copy and paste into your browser)

The Challenge

The Challenge:

Campus was lacking a tool that would help route people from building to building on campus, as well as from parking spot to building or even a certain seat in a classroom.

However, there are few existing routing networks that use sidewalks as the primary mode of travel when creating directions.  So we had to construct a network with
every sidewalk on campus in order to begin this development process.  We  then met with some students and staff at the  Center for Students with Disabilities to gain insight as to what they would need to improve  navigation of our campus.  We then complied these ideas and thoughts to develop an application that allows users to input stops and visualize a route  that avoids areas with barriers to access( for instance stairs).  

The Solution

The Solution:

We developed a mobile tool that allows users to select a location based on a  list of buildings and various campus services as well as selecting a point of there own.  The map is powered by geolocation which allows the app to locate the user and help give better directions that start from their current location.  This app also has the ability stay centered on the users current position.  This is a function that has the option to be turned off if you want to just browse the map.  We have a mobile only version and we are currently accepting feedback so if you have any please send us an email at gis@uww.edu.