Placemarks to the People 2.0


Thursday, November 8


9 a.m. to 10 a.m.


Kaela Parks and Michael Cantino


Portland Community College Disability Services has been actively partnering with our WebTeam, Facilities, and Academic Areas for the last 5 years to maintain and improve campus maps that detail accessible building features. There are keyboard navigable online maps with recently added “search” and “filter”options as well as narrative wayfinding information. Work is underway to expand functionality to include classroom details, allowing for integration with registration. There are also tactile floor plan maps and full 3D campus maps. We engaged in a small scale proof of concept project with beacons and can share lessons learned. This session will provide an overview of the processes we have used, share examples of current offerings, and lay out a vision for where are intending to go next with this large scale innovate and collaborative partnership. There will be time for discussion and Q/A.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the combination of approaches used at PCC to support users in navigating spaces
  • Explore the roles and technologies leveraged to create a robust set of options for wayfinding
  • Reflect on the strengths and limitations of current approaches and identify specific strategies that might be valuable to bring back to colleagues at participant institutions

Presentation Materials

Presenter Bio(s)

Kaela Parks

Kaela Parks is the Director of Disability Services at Portland Community College. She is a former Co-Chair of the AHEAD Standing Committee on Technology, a past Chair of the NASPA Disability Knowledge Community, and a past President of ORAHEAD. She was lead trainer for a FIPSE demonstration project aimed at supporting adjunct faculty on rural campuses in the implementation of Universal Design, and was co-editor of the publication titled “Beyond the ADA:Proactive Policy and Practice for Higher Education.” She enjoys partnering with instructional faculty on Open Education initiatives and frequently offers training and presentations on a variety of disability and accessibility related topics.

Michael Cantino

Michael Cantino worked in K-12 special education for 11 years before coming to Portland Community College in 2017. In that time, he specialized in supporting students with behavioral challenges, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and students with visual impairments. Michael is a Library of Congress certified braille transcriber and is skilled in the production of tactile graphics and 3D models. At PCC, Michael provides a broad range of supports for students experiencing disabilities, with a focus on assistive technology, alternative formats, and in-class supports.