Patricia maps out a new business

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Blind people can feel their way around an unfamiliar building before setting foot inside thanks to a new type of map.

Patricia Dieng has created tactile maps revealing the layout of museums, bus stations, markets and parks – by touch.

She founded TacMap after working with Art and Design Research Centre during her time at Sheffield Hallam University and receiving help from Sheffield Enterprise Agency. Her products have been endorsed by the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind which says they, ‘enable visually impaired people to discover their surroundings giving them confidence, independence and extra safety’. A TacMap for Sheffield’s Moor Market is coming soon.