Then met two young deaf sisters who communicated using a sign language. L'Épée decided to dedicate himself to the education and salvation of the deaf. In 1760, he founded a school the 1st public school for the deaf. The Abbé de l'Épée believed that the deaf should be able to receive the sacraments. He then developed a system of instruction of the French language and religion. He greatly developed the form of sign-language that was in use at the time. His tomb is in the Church of Saint Roch in Paris.
Two years after his death, the National Assembly declared that deaf people had rights according to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. In 1791, the Institution Nationale des Sourds-Muets à Paris, which L'Épée had founded, began to receive government funding. It was later renamed Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris. His methods of education have spread around the world.
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