Newsletter No. 3 as pictureOur third newsletter was published beginning of November. It gives a short overview about the current work in our project especially about the study on the evaluation of symbols on tactile maps. The study is finished now and the results are currently analyzed. The following link newsletter no. 3 provides the full content. All newsletters can be found on our website on promotional material.

Two persons feel symbols on swell paperThe third progress meeting took place at the University of Athens in Greece on 28th-29th May 2015. Prof. Argyropoulos from the Department of Special Education at the University of Thessaly participated at the meeting as well. He serves as an external evaluator of the project. During the project the next steps of the second part of the study was discussed in details focusing on the tactile information in audio-tactile maps. The project members also worked on the content of the intermediate progress report and on different administrative aspects of the project.

The second progress meeting was held at the Education and Technology Laboratory for Individual with Visual Disability, GETEM, at Bogazici University in Istanbul on 22nd-23rd January 2015. It was organized in cooperation between Mustafa Kemal University (MKU) and the Association of Barrierfree Access ABFA. The results of the studies regarding the importance and frequency of occurence of certain information which could be included in a map were discussed. Moreover, the project members discussed the tactile information which will be presented during the next study.

flyer in four languages with the flag of the respective countryA flyer with information about the ATMAPS project is available online in PDF format in English, German, Greek and Turkish. Moreover, there are also printed versions of the flyer.

The first progress meeting took place in Karlsruhe at the Forstliches Bildungszentrum on the KIT campus from 17th-18th July 2014. A workshop on how to use the audio-tactile device IVEO was offered to the participants of the meeting. Moreover, the results of a multilingual study was presented. The aim of the study was to collect possible obstacles appearing on different types of maps. The participants also discussed further work including a second study which aims at assessing the importance and the frequency of appearance of various obstacles.