Valentin Haüy

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Valentin Haüy
BirthplaceSaint-Just-en-Chaussée, Oise
Known for first school for the blind

Haüy, Valentin


Born Nov. 13, 1745, in St. Just (Oise); died Mar. 18, 1822, in Paris. French educator; one of the founders of the teaching of the blind.

Haüy developed a system for teaching the blind reading, writing, arithmetic, and music, and in 1784, with his own funds, he founded in Paris the first school for the blind. From 1806 to 1817 he lived in St. Petersburg, where in 1807 the first institute for the blind (an educational establishment of the boarding-school type) was opened in Russia under his direction. Haüy was the first to bring socially useful work within reach of the blind. His teaching methods became widespread in many countries. His main works are An Essay on the Education of the Blind (1780) and The Origin, Development, and Present State of Instruction of the Blind (1788).


Skrebitskii, A. Sozdatel’ metodov obucheniia slepykh Valentin Gaiui v Peterburge. St. Petersburg, 1886.
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Fisher completed a three-year effort to convince the Massachusetts state legislature to establish the New England Institution for the Education of the Blind, a school that was modeled after the work of Valentin Hauy, the founder of the first school for blind children in Paris.
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Created in 1889 by Maurice de Sizeranne, the Valentin Hauy Association is the largest and the oldest French association for the blind and partially sighted.
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Contact: Association Valentin Hauy, Comite d'organization pour le Bicentenaire, Communication, 5 Rue Duroc, 75343 Paris Cedex 07, France; phone: +33-(0)1-44-49-27-27; web site: <www.
The Association Valentin Hauy (AVH) and the National Institute for the Young Blind (INJA), both located in France, will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille by gathering braille specialists from around the world for an international conference, which is scheduled to take place January 5-8, 2009, in Paris.