Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris

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Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris
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Type Public
Established 1760

Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris (INJS) is the current name of the famous school for the Deaf founded by Charles-Michel de l'Épée in 1760 in Paris, France. (The date of the beginning of the school is often given as 1755, but that is incorrect.)

After the death of Père Vanin in 1759, the Abbé de l'Épée was introduced to two deaf girls who were in need of a new instructor. The school began in 1760 and shortly thereafter was opened to the public and became the world's first free school for the deaf. It was originally located in a house at 14 rue des Moulins, butte Saint-Roch, near the Louvre in Paris.[1] On July 29, 1791, the French legislature approved government funding for the school and it was renamed: "Institution Nationale des Sourds-Muets à Paris."[2]


  1. Painting of school at original location on 14 rue des Moulins
  2. Illustration by Auguste Colas (1894, Paris), in: Gannon, Jack. 1981. Deaf Heritage–A Narrative History of Deaf America, Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf, p. xxii

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