Jean Massieu: a Deaf teacher in France

Jean Massieu (1772-1846) was a pioneering Deaf teacher in France, where he taught at the school for the Deaf in Paris. A well-known historical figure in Deaf Culture Studies, Laurent Clerc, was one of his students.

Today, a charter school is named after him. Jean Massiueu Academy in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Texas, is a charter school where deaf, hard of hearing, and non-deaf siblings or peers enroll this "Ameslan" school, which has an approximate one-third of student population who are not deaf. All students and staff talk in ASL at all times with no communication barrier for everyone. This school policy ensures that sign language is used at all times on campus.