Publications and resources
Les Doigts Qui Rêvent, (Dreaming Fingers) was born in 1993 due to 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.
Its aims are:
Their objectives include:
Their philosophy does not accept any human exploitation. So instead of sending production to a country with very low wages, they have created a local workshop providing a way for people with marked social disabilities to start to have a normal life and find a normal job.
Recently the American Printing House for the Blind (APH, who has been the leading provider of products and services for visually impaired people since 1878 in the US) announced that it will be awarding a Zickel award to Les Doigts Qui Rêvent (Dreaming Fingers) at its 150th annual meeting between October 4th and 6th in Louisville, Kentucky (USA).
This award is not awarded every year but only when APH identifies a person or organization who has worked exceptionally well for visually impaired and is worthy; very few non-Americans have gotten it. About 400 people from across the US, all specialists in the field are coming to the annual meeting where the award will be presented.