Aggies create non-profit to help visually impaired students

Published: Jan. 23, 2018 at 10:44 PM CST
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Some Texas A&M juniors are working on ways to help visually impaired students get around college campuses more easily.

Tyler Wooten, an engineering student, started the project when he was a freshman. The goal is to help visually impaired students navigate campus better.

"I had an idea of 3D printing these maps for blind students that I just came up with on whim," said Wooten.

Two years later, he is getting together with two friends to further his mission.

"We created a non-profit called the Assistive Mapping Project where myself, Ashlyn, and Russell are trying to further this and create maps for other colleges," said Wooten.

They've already helped campuses like Blinn, but want to expand outside of the Brazos Valley.

"We've been in contact with Auburn and Clemson and looking at universities along those lines. SEC schools would be great, keeping it in the family," said Ashlyn Pedersen, who works on outreach for the project.

The group is hoping to add five new team members this semester.

"You have the opportunity to change lives on a scale that is rare for a lot of college students," said Russell Geyer.

"Through our process, we're helping these younger students get a cool project under their belt, get some experience while they're in school. That's one of the things that I wish I had as a freshman," added Wooten.

"With the skills that they learn at Texas A&M, they can use that to have a national impact on people they might never meet. To do that selfless service for other people is just incredible," said Geyer.

The team already has a deal with Texas A&M to update their map in the Memorial Student Center each semester.