Maps for the blind

I listen to KQED (NPR in the SF/bay area) regularly on my drive to/from work. Boring, yes, but heck, I don't get the newspaper any more as it was going from the front door to the back with no stop in between... My two small kids seem to take up any time I used to have to read the paper...

Anyway, this morning I heard a great show about tactile maps.

Human beings have
used maps to describe the world for thousands of years. Blind people
have used braille for about 150 years, but there's never been a way for
the blind to have easy access to maps of everyday places. Until now.

Essentially they're using a braille printer to make maps of neighborhoods. The tremendous organization Lighthouse SF is producing the maps for free to blind people. Dang, I wish I could figure out a way to get one for myself! 

Go listen to the program via KQED - really amazing stuff! 

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