Hearing. Ordained a Catholic priest; attained title of Abbe. Founded the first free public educational institution for deaf students, 1771, in Paris; the first teacher to insist on the importance of sign language in the education of deaf students. Buried in the Church of St. Roch in France. Published in 1784 a book detailing his methods of instruction; a modern English translation of its first 5 chapters appears in The Deaf Experience: Classics in Language and Education (1984), p.49-72.
Gallaudet Encyclopedia, vol.1, p.416-417; Encyclopedia of Special Education, vol.1, p.467-468; The Conquest of Deafness, p.79-86; Dancing Without Music, p.112-114; Gallaudet Almanac, p.233, 235; Arnold on the Education of the Deaf, p.37-41.
24 November 1712-23 December 1789