This thesis, “Exploring Audio-Tactile Design Approaches in Creating a Home-Away-From-Home for Visually Impaired Students in the University of Lagos” identified the existing barriers and challenges of the visually impaired students in their existing resident hostels and then explored audio-tactile design approaches in the design of a hostel facility for visually impaired students.
The scope of this study is within the University of Lagos, Akoka in the tropics of South Western Nigeria. Case studies – both local and international were provided on similar existing buildings and in-depth analysis was done on the various audio-tactile and multi-sensory design approaches employed in these respective buildings to aid liveability and way-finding for their visually impaired occupants.
The research methodology for this study was qualitative with meticulous analysis of the study area, the gathered data from demographic statistics and interviews from respondents – the visually impaired students.
Deductions and conclusions were made with a further recommendation of the incorporation of multi-sensory design approaches—which have been explored and discussed in this thesis in future designs. This can enhance meeting user needs including the visually impaired students who are not left at a disadvantage because of their physical challenges