Accessibility Assessment and Broadcast in 2022

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In 2021, the University of Virginia received a LYRASIS Catalyst Fund for experiments with LIDAR and wayfinding. With the help of the local University College and Health System community, as well as a national network of developers, UVA was able to:

Contribute hundreds of miles of manually mapped sidewalks to an open repository
Map 2 million square feet of interior hospital floorplans to support indoor wayfinding
Collaborate on federal grants with accessibility experts
Support leading edge LIDAR & haptic feedback development orchestrated by low-vision community members

Join us for a panel discussion with talented experts, featuring a conversation about this project and the larger wayfinding ecosystem. We will also be participating in a hands-on exercise with related tools.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

Demonstrate awareness of best practices and state-of-the-art with consumer LIDAR technology with regards to accessibility assessment and broadcasting in the mobility challenged and blind/low-vision areas
Utilize mapping tools for wayfinding in the accessibility community
Describe how to use sidewalk mapping with OpenStreetMap and interior mapping with MazeMap


Maggie Cawley is the Chief Executive Officer of OpenStreetMap US.

Steve Newman performs indoor mapping with MazeMap to improve patient outcomes and new physician training.

Lena Nguyen is the Sidewalk Mapping in OpenStreetMap lead in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia. She also performs Sustainability and Equity research at Ecolibrium3.

Cory Paradis is the Chief Operating Officer at, an accessibility and inclusivity team.

Anson Parker is the Lyrasis Catalyst Fund 2021-2022 project manager at the University of Virginia.

Luke Parker works with LIDAR & haptic feedback research & development at

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