Blindness and Education

The practice of institutionalizing the blind in asylums has a history extending back over a thousand years, but it was not until the 18th Century that authorities created schools for them where blind children, particularly those more privileged, were usually educated in such specialized settings. These institutions provided simple vocational and adaptive training, as well as grounding in academic subjects offered through alternative formats. Literature, for example, was being made available to blind students by way of embossed Roman letters.

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