W3C & OGC Web Maps for Cognitive Accessibility

Maps for the Web LogoOn September 28, 2020, I presented at Maps for the Web. This was a workshop series created and hosted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

Workshops’ Overall Goals

Bring together experts in:

  • geographic standards and Web map data services,
  • Web mapping client tools and applications, and
  • Web platform standards and browser development

to explore the potential of maps for the Web.

Major Areas of Focus

  • improving the usability and accessibility of maps
  • encouraging the design of map-based experiences, and
  • building easier ways for researchers to share content.

I served as a panelist with fellow W3C Accessibility Guidelines Working Group members David Fazio, and John Kirkwood. Our workshop was Web Maps for Cognitive Accessibility (COGA).

Web Maps for COGA Background Info


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Wayfinding in Massachusetts

Wouldn’t it be great to be guided to your airport gate?

I am building a Massachusetts partnership to develop a technology-based wayfinding (indoor navigation) solution that works for everyone, including people with disabilities. For the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force of the Worldwide Web Consortium, I have been developing international wayfinding guidelines focused on people with cognitive disabilities. For years, I have been building a collection of technology-driven wayfinding efforts. I anticipate testing these technologies, perhaps on the Boston subway system and/or Logan Airport, by people with physical and/or cognitive disabilities.

Possible Partners as of December 2018

I have enlisted the support of senior leadership for the following.

Independent Living Centers

Massachusetts State Government Agencies

State and International Nonprofits

Academic Institutions


Interested in contributing? Please see my faculty profile for contact info.