chapter  3
Picture Perception and Spatial Cognition in Visually Impaired People
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A congenitally blind person recently said that he thought that it was stupid and idiotic to expect blind people to make sense of tangible pictures (Heller, 2000a). This person claimed that it was perfectly reasonable to teach blind people about maps and graphs. However, it was not sensible to ask blind people to “think sighted,” according to another congenitally blind person. These views represent a bias that is present in the community of educators of blind people, and has only recently been challenged (e.g., Axel & Levent, 2003).