A tactile illustration is more complex than it seems. It must correspond to the way of exploring the world by Blind Children, but also to their experience of the world. However we do not know so much about, for example, their exploratory strategies of a book, about their memory capacity, about what kind of representation they have in their mind and so on.
To find answers to all these questions that we are confronted with every day while working on our TiBs, we created the Center Amandine, a multi-disciplinary research centre, and we ensured partnerships with various French and foreign universities.
- In partnership with the LEAD-CNRS of the university of Dijon, we launched a vast international three-year project on the mental representations of blind children.
- In partnership with the LPNC-CNRS of the university of Grenoble, the LEAD-CNRS of the university of Dijon, the department of Educational Science of Rennes, the Culture-Picture-Cognition Centre of the University of Paris1-Sorbonne, we started research: Tactile images at your finger-tips: the blind child, the family, the school and illustrated tactile books.
- In partnership with the LPNC-CNRS of the university of Grenoble, research into typicality.
- In partnership with the LPNC-CNRS of the university of Grenoble, research comparing the efficacy of a tactile picture according to the technique used.
- In partnership with the LEAD-CNRS of the university of Dijon, the LPNC-CNRS of the university of Grenoble, the department of Special Education of the university of Padua, research about the TiB as a link between the mother and the blind infant.
The results will be published in our collection CORPUS TACTILIS: paper version in French, on this website in English.
For further information, please contact Philippe Claudet.
Terra Haptica is an international magazine which deals with haptic books from three different points of view, research, field work and art.
You can either order online the French version of the magazine, or read a selection of three articles in English on this website.
- Tactile images - Semiotic reflections on tactile images for the blind by Bernard Darras and Dannyelle Valente
- Drawing in blind and visually impaired children by Annie Vinter, Viviane Fernandes and Philippe Claudet
- The effect of joint reading on the tactile comprehension of a tact-illustrated book by early blind children by Anne Theurel, Edouard Gentaz, Roberta Caldin, Enrica Polato, Paola Caldironi, Josée Lanners and Philippe Claudet
- The Haptic Recognition of Geometrical Shapes in Congenitally Blind and Blindfolded Adolescents: Is There a Haptic Prototype Effect ? by Anne Theurel, Stéphanie Frileux, Yvette Hatwell and Edouard Gentaz