[...] much of the literature on the history of the blindness field cites Diderot's 1749 letter as providing the founder of the first school for the blind, Valentin Haiiy, with "the philosophical foundation for educating students who are blind" (Hatlen, 2000, p. 3). According to Mellor (2006), it was Diderot's letter, which described competent blind persons, that "emboldened him [Haiiy] to dare to teach blind people to read and write" (p. 33).
Braille and Revolution, Diderot and Enlightenment, and the Pursuit of Happiness Stuart H Wittenstein Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness; Sep 2009; 103, 9; Docs
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