for PSYC54 students
Foundation for the Blind (www.afb.org)
This is the publisher of Axel and Levant “Art beyond sight.” It is a major
publisher on works for and about the blind. It is probably the premier
English-language foundation for publications for the visually handicapped
in English, with the Royal National Institute for the Blind a close second.
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind works closely with the foundation.
Education for the Blind (www.artseducation.info)
This is the website of the group promoting college-level pictorial art
for the blind. The group has been lead by Elizabeth Axel for two decades.
It has produced several volumes in a 20 book series on the history of
art, specifically for the blind. Their work is having a dramatic effect
on museums throughout the world.
Artist with work relevant to the blind “I have been carving stone since
I was fifteen years old but it wasn't until 1990 that I wondered if the
slate low relief sculptures I was making could be interpreted by touch
as well as sight. This question led me to explore how my sense of touch
might be trained through art to function on a higher level. The bas relief
stories and exhibits that I have developed out of this exploration include
most recently a commission for the National Federation of the Blind. It
depicts Erik Weihenmayer's ascent of Mount Everest, as the first blind
climber to reach the summit. Since 1998 I have been teaching art classes
to develop self expression through the sense of touch at the Colorado
Center for the Blind.”
Center for Disability Services (www.ncds.org)
The centre has a program for Arts and Cultural Initiatives. It is lead
by Pearl Rosen, a highly experienced museum educator. It is concerned
with museum accessibility, staff training and it aims to make art available
in alternative ways to the standard ones.
The Paris museum with the most extensive outreach program for the visually
handicapped is likely the Louvre, with Hoelle Corvest (from Quebec) as
one of its foremost leaders. It offers programs on “dessins en relief”
and “communication graphique.” These are offered at introductory and more