Recommended Bibliography

  • Chatterjee, Helen (edited by), Touch in museums: Policy and Practice in object Handling. Berg Publishers. Oxford, 2008

    A selection of articles by different authors on the importance of touch and object handling as an essential means of understanding and learning.

  • Rovira-Beleta Cuyás, Enrique. Libro blanco de la accesibilidad. Ediciones UPC, Colección Temas de Ergonomía y Prevención. Barcelona, 2003

    A reference manual for removing architectural barriers in town planning and buildings, written by the architect (himself a wheelchair user) with the best understanding of the subject.

  • Valls, Josep M. Moure’s per l’espai públic: l’accessibilitat en primera persona. Diputació de Barcelona, Xarxa de Municipis, Àrea d’Infraestructures, Urbanisme i Habitatge. Barcelona, 2005.

    Testimonies from people with physical, sensory or learning impairments on their mobility problems in public spaces. The book includes a CD audio version.

  • Barash, Moshe. La ceguera. Historia de una imagen mental. Ensayo sobre la concepción y la representación en las artes visuales de la ceguera, desde la Antigüedad hasta el Barroco. Ediciones Cátedra. Madrid, 2003

    The author, an art historian, analysis how blindness has been portrayed in Western art.

  • Bollea, G. L’arte a portata di mano. Verso una pedagogia di accesso ai Beni Culturali senza barriere. Museo Tattile Statale Omero. Armando Editore. Ancona, 2006

    A range of studies and experiences on tactile access to art, published by a museum for blind people that is a benchmark in Italy and Europe as a whole.

  • Clarkson, John; Roger Coleman; Simeon Keates; Cherie Lebbon. Inclusive Design: Design for the Whole Population. Springer, Verlag. London, 2003.

    The authors are researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Engineering Design Centre. They argue that products and services improve when they take into account the guidelines of Inclusive Design or Design for All.

  • Gratacós Masanella, Rosa. Otras Miradas. Arte y ciegos: tan lejos, tan cerca. Ediciones Octaedro. Barcelona, 2006

    Brings together the great experience and academic research work of Dr. Gratacós, an Emeritus Professor at the UAB and pioneer in art education among blind people. Rosa Gratacós received Catalonia’s highest honour, the Creu de Sant Jordi, in 2014.

  • Housen, A. and Desantis, K. Art beyond sight: A resource guide to art, creativity and visual impairment. Art Education for the Blind & American Foundation for the Blind, New York, 2003

    The benchmark guide for teaching and disseminating art among blind people. Produced with great attention to detail, it contains around 500 large-format pages.

  • Ochaita, Esperanza. Psicología de la Ceguera. Compilación de Alberto Rosa. Alianza Psicología. Madrid, 1993

    Takes an in-depth look at subjects such as sightless perception and orientation and spatial awareness among blind people.

  • Borau, Dolors, i Izquierdo, Oriol. Una festa sobre rodes. Il·lustracions d’Ignasi Blanch. Editorial Cruïlla. Barcelona, setembre 2010.

    A tale using an AAC pictograph system. Made in collaboration with the Esclat Special Education Centre. Its authors are the parents of Clara, a girl with cerebral palsy who passed away in 2009.

  • Talking Images Guide & Research. Museums, galleries and heritage sites: improving access for blind and partially sighted people. RNIB and Vocaleyes. London, UK, 2003

    A study of accessibility and adapted audio guides in UK museums, published by the Royal National Institute for the Blind and audio description specialists Vocaleyes.

  • Villey, Pierre. Le Monde des Aveugles. Essai de Psychologie. Librairie José Corti. Paris, 1984.

    A benchmark classic written by a blind intellectual. First published in 1914.

  • Laloux, Éléonore (avec la collaboration de Yann Barte). Triso et alors!. Max Milo Éditions. Paris, 2014.

    The courageous testimony of Eleanor, a girl with Down syndrome. Explains how to fight against social prejudice towards people who have an extra chromosome.

  • Bordes, Gilbert. Le silence de la Mule. Éditions Robert Laffont. Paris, 2001.

    A novel whose protagonist is Jeanne, a deaf girl known in her village as “the mule”.

  • Jean, Didier et Zad. Deux mains pour le dire. Éditions de la Découverte de Syros. Paris, 1999 (reimpressió 2006).

    A young adult novel about a child who loses his best friend when the latter moves to another city.

  • Moreno Rodríguez, Ana. La Comunidad Sorda : aspectos psicológicos y sociológicos. Confederación Nacional de Sordos de España, Madrid, 2000.

    Provides the information required to understand the world of the deaf, challenging stereotypes and putting the readers in another’s shoes.

  • Novotny Hunter, Jana. Écoute mes lêvres. Bayard Éditions Jeunesse. París, 2005.

    A young adult novel set in the “city of the deaf” in California, where a girl wonders why the signing community does not mix with the oral one.

  • Sachs, Oliver. Veig una veu. Viatge al món dels sords. Traducció de Margarida Trias. Edicions Proa. Barcelona, 2002.

    A fascinating tale of the world of deafness and sign language, told by a master of popular science.

  • Soler, Miquel-Albert. Didáctica multisensorial de las ciencias. Un nuevo método para alumnos ciegos, deficientes visuales, y también sin problemas de visión. Col. Papeles de Pedagogía. Editorial Paidós - ONCE. Barcelona, 1999.

    A key tool for inclusive education. The author, a Doctor of Education Science, provides a guide for teaching science based on the use of all the senses.

  • Directrius per a materials de Lectura Fàcil. Editat pel Col·legi de Bibliotecaris i Documentalistes de Catalunya. Barcelona, 2012
  • Questione di Leggibilità. Se non riesco a leggere non è solo colpa dei miei occhi. Editat per la Regione del Veneto i la Comune di Venezia. Venècia, 2008

    This book is the result of the lettura agevolata (easy reading) project, with recommendations on design for people with low vision.

  • Capdevila i Planta, Marta. Sords profunds, però hi sentim i parlem!. Ajuntament de Barcelona. Barcelona, 2008.

    The touching, brave testimony of a deeply deaf mother and her third son, deaf like her. The book’s illustrations are by the author herself.

  • Cedillo Vicente, Pepita. Háblame a los ojos. Ediciones Octaedro. Barcelona, 4ª ed. 2010.

    The daughter of hearing parents, Pepita shares her genetic deafness with her sister. Now an adult and schoolteacher, she writes in the aim of understanding those who hear and being understood as a deaf person.

  • Dauvin, Aurélie. À perte de vue. J’ai Lu. Paris, 2010.

    Little Aurélie was born with a vision impairment that worsened until she became completely blind. She explains the discrimination, abuse and cruelty she suffers on her way to accomplishing her dream: being a teacher.

  • Del Saz, Nuria. A ciegas en Manhattan. Ediciones Alfar. Sevilla, 2013.

    Nuria del Saz (Seville, 1974) is a journalist known for being the first blind newscaster on Andalucía’s Canal Sur TV. With a great sense of humour and a journalist’s inherent curiosity, the author provides first-hand insight into a North America that, although very real and genuine, does not bask in the media spotlight.

  • Jarnìková, Ivana. Eliska, ma petite fille aveugle... et sourde. Les Doigts Qui Rèvent. Talant, France, 2008.

    Tells from a first-person perspective the experiences of a mother dealing with her daughter’s deafness and blindness.

  • Laborit, Emmanuelle. Le cri de la mouette. Éditions Robert Laffont. Paris, 1993.

    The direct testimony of Emmanuelle Laborit, an actress with congenital deafness who won the Molière Award for the Best Female Newcomer in 1993. Explains the world of the deaf from the viewpoint of a signing deaf person.

  • Accesibilidad universal. Requisitos de espacios públicos urbanizados, entornos edificados, transporte y comunicación. Fundosa Accesibilidad. Editat per AENOR, Madrid 2009
  • Guia de Bones Pràctiques. Observatori Europeu Ciutats i Pobles per a Tothom. Editat per l’IMPD-Institut Municipal de Persones amb Discapacitat. Ajuntament de Barcelona, 2006

    A compilation of 65 experiences chosen by the municipal councils belonging to the Observatory. Trilingual (Catalan/Spanish/English).