OSET assisted the FSU Department of Education to conduct a study for the effectiveness of using GPS technology for new students by:
The purpose of the study was to determine if GPS technology could be used to assist new students who are blind or visually impaired. New student orientation and mobility is a significant challenge on the sprawling FSU campus. Can GPS technology be used to speed the orientation process and improve student access and safety?
The Trekker GPS system designed for use by persons who are blind or visually impaired is manufactured by VisuAide and patented as trade name Trekker. The street-based maps for the Trekker provide some information on the FSU campus, but will require customization to be usable for the target students. The outcome of the student-led project was to map the FSU campus with Points of Interest that would allow a blind student to navigate the campus with no or very little assistance.
To read more about the project, see Florida State University: Mapping the Campus for Students Who Are Blind