Les Doigts Qui Rêvent, (Dreaming Fingers) was born in 1993 after we noticed the total lack of access to TiBs (Tactile Illustrated Books) for visually impaired children in France.
A group of parents and a teacher, seeing no official answers, decided to react. One teacher in the group managed to produce one TiB (100 copies of a collage book) by sheer improvisation. But the success of this TiB proved that it was urgent to create a special workshop to produce TiBs.
Les Doigts Qui Rêvent is a publisher with charitable status.
Our aims are :
- to create and produce TiBs accessible to blind children with the same level of quality as books for sighted children.
- to help blind children in their social integration.
- Create and to produce TiBs and distribute them at a normal price to all the same cultural places where the sighted find their books (public libraries, schools, museums, etc...)
- Call professional writers/illustrators to work in the tactile illustration field
- Develop international co-operation
- Foster the integration of blind children through activities in mainstream schools
- Sensitize public librarians to the need for TiBs in their libraries
- Develop research into TiBs in partnership with universities
- Help blind children from poor countries as much as possible
Our philosophy does not accept any human exploitation. So instead of sending our production to a country with very low wages, we have created a workshop in our town providing a way for people with marked social disabilities to start to have a normal life and find a normal job.
What we have already done :
Creation of the TiB "Au pays d'Amandine dine dine" and 4 tactile puzzles in a classroom of visually impaired children.
Production of 100 copies of that TiB and those puzzles.
Ldqr registered as a non profit organisation.
Study journey in Europe to meet people involved in TiB (France, Spain, Italy, UK).
Creation of our social workshop: 1 technical caregiver and people with social disabilities: people excluded from work producing books for visually impaired children excluded from reading.
Organisation of the first international meeting about TiB (Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Russia, England, France) “Learning to read, yes, but what?” in Dijon.
- Creation of Tactus, the first European award for TiB with, Belgium, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, in a European Framework "Culture 2000".
- The French Education Minister awarded us our first grant,
- The workshop has 2 supervisors and 10 workers
Creation of the Amandine Centre: Research Centre about tactile pictures, a set of partnerships with 5 universities.
Ldqr publish the first artistic tactile book.
Creation of a new department (ToM’s 3d) using a new technique (4 years of trials) to put Braille and drawing in relief on any smooth surface.
Tactus became Typhlo & Tactus with : Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom.
Setting up a new research group, BiTiB (Blind Infants’ Tactile Illustrated Books) with Italy, Netherlands, Quebec, Czech Republic.
Creation of 3 new collections.
A new collection, "Corpus Tactilis" for the professional working with visually impaired children. French translations of the main essays (Y. Ericksson, Lilli Nielsen, Mary Lee, C. Linders, S. Fraiberg, S. Millar…)
Typho & Tactus become international in partnership with ICEVI.
- A new collection of fabric TiB with Sth Africa and Italy
- Co-publishing of 2 TiB with Italy
- 5 researches are going on
- First issue of our journal “Terra Haptica” devoted to TiB
- Since 1994, 30 000 copies among them 7 689 TiBs produced in 7 languages
International year :
- Organisation of Typhlo & Tactus in Czech Republic with 18 participating countries, and 74 entries.
- Conferences in Oakland in april and in Louisville in december,
- A relationship with the American Printing House for the blind (APH) is born.
- Workshop in Sharja, United Emirates,
- Production of "Little breath of wind" for United States (APH) and Deutschland (Anderes Sehen).
- 7 new titles of Corpus Tactilis,
- Our journal Terra Haptica is now a peer to peer journal,
- The international jury of Typhlo & Tactus meet in october in Helsinki : 24 participating countries,
- Award of the best conférence at Includit, Portugal in july.
We create and produce :
- early adaptation TiBs
- school TiBs (for children under 6)
- youth literacy TiBs (for children from 3 to 12)
- short novels (large print and Braille)
- artistic TiBs (for all ages)
- essays for professionals (world wide)
We distribute schools and educational materials from :
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
Our tactile illustrations use the following techniques :
- collage (90 %)
- embossing (10%)