OSM for the dyslexic

The primary objective of OSM for the dyslexic is to mitigate typical reading errors dyslexic people do when reading and browsing OpenStreetMap.

Despite many applications were developed specifically for dyslexics, none of them is a GIS application.

The concept of styling maps for dyslexics is an innovative point of view for increasing acessibility of the GIS (open) data. None of the free basemaps are accesible-ready for dyslexics:

They are:

  • feature-rich,
  • color-rich,
  • rich of text following complex paths.

Dyslexics feel better when:

  • text is capitalized and always horizontal,
  • same colors represent same things,
  • few information are on the screen.

None of the existing GIS application has the capability to:

  • describe and tell (audio) where the user is,
  • describe and tell the path made by the user around the map,
  • describe and tell what the user is currently watching,
  • describe and tell the user informations about every single feature on a map.

The viewer

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About the team

The OSM for the dyslexic team is made of two people: a professional freelance teacher and a full stack GIS developer.

Martina Battan

Martina is a freelance professional teacher since 2011 when she founded a cultural association named "lo Studiolo".

She has been taking individual lessons since the beginning of her working experience in order to help students with special educational needs.

Moreover she has been taking courses to encurage DSA students in their school career and to promote excellences.

She obtained a master degree in Contemporary history at Università degli studi di Trento, with final score of 110 and honors (highest possible grade in the Italian system)

Massimiliano Bernabé

Massimiliano is a full stack GIS developer since 2008 when he started his working experience in Sinergis.

He partecipated in the development of multiple projects mainly for Regions and multiutilities. In particular he partecipated into the developmet of GetLOD for Emilia Romagna, to create linked open data, to be published to the regional Portal.

He obtained a master degree in Bioinformatics at Università degli studi di Trento, with final score of 106/110.

He is a co-founder of Associazione Culturale "lo Studiolo".

About the project

OSM for the dyslexic is one of the fifteen winning projects of the Second Call For Innovative Apps in the environmental and social domains.

The application is currently in development.


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  • End of development: 15 April
  • Testing by JRC and user panels: April
  • Presentation to international event in June 2016
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