The National Institute for Deaf Youth
This site is a testament to a great revolutionary ambition: the claim that a disability is not a punishment or a fatality. All men are perfectible. Education, treatment and science can help the disabled progress and integrate society. In Paris, Father de l’Epée developed a sign language before dying in 1789 when the Revolution broke out. Founded two years later in 1791, the National Institute for the Deaf-Mute was first located in the Celestine monastery, with the National Institute for Blind Youth. In 1794, it was gradually transferred to the premises that still house it today.
254 rue Saint-Jacques