An Account of the Recent Discoveries which Have Been Made for Facilitating the Education of the Blind: With Specimens of the Books, Maps, Pictures, &c. for Their Use

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James Gall, 1893 - Blind - 64 pages
 

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Page 41 - In the first place, we must keep in view the perpetual sentence of banishment from the understandings and sympathies of the public generally, which, practically speaking, would be pronounced against it from its very birth. No man can ever be expected to feel so much interest in a thing which he must learn before he can understand, as in that which is plain to his eyes and his understanding. If the Blind, therefore, must depend upon the interest which the public takes in the accomplishment of this...
Page 10 - ... form, throwing the characteristics of each letter to the outside, and using angles instead of rounds. After a long continued, laborious, and expensive series of experiments, by means of blind persons, he has produced the present Alphabet, which may now be considered the most simple, the most tangible, and therefore the most perfect Alphabet which can be constructed for the Blind...
Page 30 - We have already remarked, in an early part of this little work, that the cultivation of the sense of touch does not consist so much in a greater sensibility in the nerves, as in acquiring the habit of receiving information by its means. The Indian, who can track his way through the pathless forest, has no better eyes than the bewildered European ; but he has learned to make a much better use of them.
Page 15 - Blind can write a common current hand, as small and as elegant in its forms as that used by those who see.
Page 36 - Et introiit iterum in synagogam et erat ibi homo habens manum aridam. 2. et observabant eum si sabbatis curaret, ut accusarent illum. 3.
Page 42 - No one but professed teachers of the blind would, in all probability, ever attempt to learn it. This would be a most serious disadvantage to a literature which is intended, not merely for blind asylums, but for every parlour and cottage where there is a person blind.
Page 36 - ... made, as it were, to think in the language, and this must be the most powerful way of communicating it. To illustrate this method, I shall take an example from the Latin Testament:— Mark iii.
Page 11 - So great is the facility with which the Blind are able to feel the letters, that already they can read books printed with the common...
Page 20 - ... b, c). It may be moved rhythmically from side to side. Recording Record the response of lifting the head, whether it is straight up or to the right or the left. — absent + a short lift once or twice + + lifting sustained for a few seconds + + + a lift of some centimetres...

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