According to Apple, “Apple Maps editors have worked with trusted brands and partners to offer Guides that make recommendations for the best places to visit in cities around the world to eat, shop, meet friends, or explore. You can save Guides so you can easily get back to them later. And they automatically update when new places are added, so you always have the latest recommendations.”
Gallaudet’s contribution to this project is to label deaf-friendly businesses in Washington, DC. These are locations that are owned and operated by deaf people and/or have staff who use sign language. This particular Guide is the Signing Ecosystem Guide.
Gallaudet used the following criteria for adding places to the Signing Ecosystem Guide:
This inclusive Guide is already having an impact.
“We have developed a navigation system that will allow our students, alumni, and visitors to identify locations that are signing-friendly,” Bryce H. Chapman, Director of Marketing at Gallaudet, told Forbes. “This has already shifted some of our admissions and recruitment efforts; we are now able to share our guides with prospective students and their parents and families so they can quickly experience what it is like to live and interact here at Gallaudet and in its surrounding neighborhoods.”
“We have developed a navigation system that will allow our students, alumni, and visitors to identify locations that are signing-friendly…”
Chapman also said that Gallaudet will continue to work on other guides to bring awareness to Deaf-owned businesses and create a greater array of resources for our community.
While this Guide only covers Washington, DC, Deaf advocates will label other Signing Ecosystem sites around the country. Apple and Gallaudet will provide updates accordingly.