Campus Accessibility Map

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Geography and Geology department and specifically Pangea studios have worked to map the university campus and located each barrier to individuals with mobility needs.

The Problem:

On any students first day here at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, there will be difficulties navigating campus. This is especially true for students with disabilities. Many students have no idea where some barriers are located so this tool was thought of a way to solve this problem. UW-Whitewater is known for being one of the top leaders in accessibility and this application is just one more way that the campus will be able to continue being a leader in campus accessibility and universal design.

The Mapplication:

The current tool is a mobile only application and can be seen at CLICK HERE

The tools url is

The Challenge:

Campus needed a tool that would help route individuals from building to building on campus, as well as from parking sports to buildings or even a certain seat within a classroom. However, there are a few networks that use sidewalks as the primary mode of travel when doing routing tools. We had to construct a network with every sidewalk on campus in order to being this development process. We then met with some individiuals that have physical disabilities to gain insight as to what they though would be helpful in terms of navigating campus. We then incorporated those thoughts and combined them to create an application that allows users to input stops and solving a route with predetermined barries like stairs. This application has been developed for mobile devices with the intention of becoming a native app or IOS in the future.

The Solution:

We developed a mobile tool that allows users to select a location based on a given list of buildings and various campus services as well as selecting a point of there own. The map is powered by Geolocation which allows the app to locate the user and help give better directions that start with the users current location. This app also has the ability to follow the user where ever they go on campus and the map will stay centered on their current position.  This is a function that has the option to be turned off if you want to just browse the map. We have a mobile only version and we are currently accepting feedback so if you have any please send us an email at

Screenshot image of the campus accessibility app