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The Blind in French Society from the Middle Ages to the Century of Louis Braille$
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Zina Weygand

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804757683

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804757683.001.0001

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The Royal Institute for Blind Youth Under the Restoration

The Royal Institute for Blind Youth Under the Restoration

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(p.261) Chapter 14 The Royal Institute for Blind Youth Under the Restoration
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The Blind in French Society from the Middle Ages to the Century of Louis Braille
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804757683.003.0015

This chapter focuses on the accomplishments of the Royal Institute for Blind Youth Director Alexandre-René Pignier. Pignier consistently tried to improve the functioning of the institute in spite of recurrent financial difficulties due to insufficient government subsidies. In addition to providing new professional prospects for the blind, the purchase of a plot of land, and the construction of a new building, Pignier contributed to the institute's influence abroad by developing sustained relationships with similar establishments in Europe and the United States. The chapter also discusses the work of Charles Barbier de la Serre, the inventor of writing in dots for the blind; and Louis Braille, “the Johannes Gutenberg of the blind”.

Keywords:   blind, Sébastien Guillié, Alexandre-René Pignier, Charles Barbier de la Serre, Louis Braille

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