[Nfbnet-members-list] Blind adults needed for research study on use of tactile maps for natural disaster planning

Blake, Lou Ann LBlake at nfb.org
Mon Aug 2 15:50:00 UTC 2021

The below research participant solicitation is being provided for informational purposes only. The National Federation of the Blind has no involvement in this research, but we believe that it may contribute to our research mission.

My name is Harrison Cole and I'm a PhD student in the Department of Geography at Penn State. I'm looking for people who would like to contribute to a study that I'm doing on using tactile maps to make natural disaster planning more accessible. The goal is to determine how tactile maps can be used for evaluating flood damage risk. My hope is that this research will help to make tactile maps become a standard and convenient part of natural disaster planning.

If you are legally blind, over 18 years of age, and this sounds interesting to you, either email me at harrisoncole at psu.edu<mailto:harrisoncole at psu.edu> or visit this link: Tactile map research interest (qualtrics.com)<https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9MiiWm2XYtiaoBg>. I will then send you a set of two tactile maps and a link to an online survey. You will use the maps to solve challenges that you might encounter in a disaster planning scenario. The maps use braille, but knowledge of braille is not required to participate. Through the survey, you'll let me know how satisfied you were with using the maps to solve those challenges. The whole process should take around an hour to complete, and you will be given $20 upon completion to compensate you for your time and as gratitude for your contributions.

If you would like to participate or have any questions, send me an email at harrisoncole at psu.edu<mailto:harrisoncole at psu.edu>, or visit Tactile map research interest (qualtrics.com)<https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9MiiWm2XYtiaoBg>, and I'll get in contact with you promptly. Thanks!

Harrison Cole
PhD Candidate
Department of Geography
Penn State University
GeoVISTA Center

Lou Ann Blake, J.D.
Director of Research Programs, Blindness Initiatives
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2221 | lblake at nfb.org<mailto:lblake at nfb.org>

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