L’enfant handicape au Quebec: bibliographie

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L’enfant handicape au Quebec: bibliographie
Ministere  des Affaires Cultureties
Bibliotheque Nationale du Quebec
[publication date unknown]

Submitter: It’s published by the Quebec government (Canada). I didn’t look too much into it; it’s about handicapped children. I just found it a bit off putting to have a government published book on handicap children have a sad looking child staring at shoes (which they are still able to wear) on its cover.

Holly: I don’t speak a word of French, but Google Translate tells me that the title says “The handicapped child in Quebec: bibliography”  and it is published by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the National Library of Quebec.

I don’t get the picture on the cover either. What do shoes have to do with anything? Is this a list of books about services for handicapped children in Quebec, including places to shop for shoes and clothing? It looks old, based on the fashion of both the shoes and the boy’s shirt, so the information in it can’t be very current.

I can’t find it in WorldCat – a search for L’enfant handicape au Quebec: bibliographie brings up one result: Guide d’activités en stimulation précoce à l’usage des parents (which Google Translate says means “Early stimulation activity guide for parents). My guess is late 70s/early 80s, though, so it’s probably a weeder!

5 comments

  1. Hi there,

    Quebeker here. From the font used, this official publication is from between 1978-9 and 1984-5. It was used by the Quebec government official publishing arm during that period. They published everything from wild life guides, to maps, to economic reports. The guide here was meant for school administrators, ministry of education people and such, and was meant to be a reading and resource guide back when the internet didn’t exist. There were SO MANY of those. In this case, this is the period when handicapped children (the word disabled does not exist in French, so it’s the only word available) were starting to be integrated in regular schools (most of which were not accessible). Guides like these allowed administration to educate themselves a bit. As to the cover: they only used free stock pictures, and how many stock pictures of a handicapped child do you think existed in 1979? Most of the time, they ended up with a stylized or abstracted drawing on a beige background and, believe me, those were worse. Not an excuse for the sad child who wished he could run, but considering the alternative, this was good.

    1. This is a great explanation, thanks.
      My interpretation of the picture was that it depicted the disabled doing something quite ordinary, thus, being like everyone else.

  2. The cover reminds me of that saying “I was sad because I had no shoes, until I met a man with no feet. So I took his shoes!” 🙂

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