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« Deaf History » tour

Tour  « Deaf History in RhônAlpin»

Famous Deaf people (Isaac Etienne Chomel / Ferdinand Berthier / Laurent Clerc / David Comberry)

Visits : 

  • From Sunday 14 th to Saturday 20th July 2019
  • Guided visit in French Sign Language and in International Sign
  • No oral interpretation
  • 50 persons maximum (2 groups of 25 persons)
  • Visits : La Balme les Grottes, Lyon, Louhans, Geneva

Programme :

  • 14th July: Arrival & welcome at the hotel + fireworks  + "welcome " buffet"
  • 15th July: Exhibition « Deaf Golden Age » + Visit of Lyon « historical places »
  • 16th July: Visit of Lyon, « David Comberry » (tomb, school, historical sites)
  • 17th July: Visit of Geneva, « Isaac Etienne Chomel » (1st school for the deaf in Switzerland)


  • 18th July: Visit of la Balme les Grottes, "Laurent Clerc" (native house, church…)
  • 19th July: Visit of Louhans « Ferdinand Berthier » (museum, tomb, native house, church…)

National Museum : Deaf History in Louhans

  • 20th July: Visit of Lyon « Claudius Forestier » (tomb, historical sites...)


Price : 200 euros / person

The price includes: 

  • 6 lunches
  • Dinner on 14th July
  • Transportation (Lyon, La Balme les Grottes, Génève, Louhans)
  • Guide in French Sign Language or International Sign

Reservations / + Informations

Other visits  « History of the Deaf in France»

10th July in ROUEN (76)


Rouen regional Museum

Visits :

Normandy Deaf Museum; Beaux Arts Museum ; Abbatiale Saint Ouen ; Rouen Cathedral ; Jeanne d'Arc Church ; Aître Saint-Maclou ;  Courthouse ; Gros-horloge and Deaf Schools. 

  • Duration : 8 hours (from 10 am to 6 pm)
  • Guide in French Sin Language or in International Sign
  • Price: 40€ / person (including visit + lunch bag)
  • Reservation by mail :


13th July in PARIS (75)


Visits : History of the Deaf in Paris : house of abbé de l'Epée ; tomb at the St Roch Church ; place Colette (in front of the Comédie Française) ; house of Ferdinand Berthier boulevard saint Germain ; Luxembourg Garden. 




Tour « IVT Discovery »

16 July and 18 July

On the occasion of the WFD 2019, whose theme is the right to sign language for all, the International Visual Theatre (IVT) offers you a tour of its premises established at the time of the deaf awakening after 100 years of French sign language ban in France. Discover 40 years of research, experience and transmission of the French sign language.

Location: IVT – 7 cité Chaptal – 75009 Paris
Dates and hours: July Tuesday 16th and Thursday 18th at 15:00
Duration: 1.5 hours
*Booking only, 20 people max. Tour in French Sign Language
Price: 5€/person
Booking: / Skype : accueil.ivt /


The Silent History of the Deaf - The Exhibition

From 18 June to 6 October 2019

EXPO PANTHEONFrom Antiquity to the Renaissance and the 17th century... Plato, Montaigne and Descartes all shared their observations on the use of sign language as a means of communication. As of 1170, signing was accepted by the Pope for weddings. A 13th century manuscript provides evidence of shared vocabularies between monks following a rule of silence and deaf people living in silence... The exhibition at the Panthéon provides a brief introduction to the history of deafness and sign language, its periods of development to provide access to education and the moments that saw a regression of the rights of deaf people. It presents a set of historic documents, as well as profiles of the men and women who have played a key role in the recognition of the deaf as citizens: Abbé de l’Epée who advocated access to education for all, Madeleine Le Mansois who petitioned the Parlement of Paris to marry the husband of her choosing, Etienne de Fay, the deaf architect and scholar, Ferdinand Berthier who created the world’s first deaf association in Paris, Emmanuelle Laborit, an artist awarded the Molière Award in live French theatre, an activist and director of the IVT theatre, among others.


Guided tours in International Sign
(for tours in LSF please see the french page)

  • Tuesday 23 July at 10:30 / Thursday 25 July at 10:30 / Friday 26 July at 14:00
  • Duration: 1 hour and 30 min
  • Price: 4€/person - free under 18 years old
  • Reservation by email:



Arc de Triomphe

Come and visit the Arc de Triomphe at Place de l’Etoile at the top of the Champs-Elysées, a national symbol.

Available visits in International Sign or LSF on demand on:


- 9 July at 19:00
- 22 July at 19:20
- 24 July at 19:20
- 27 July at 10:40 and 14:40





Be dazzled by the 1,113 stained glass windows at this jewel of the Rayonnant Gothic period. The Sainte Chapelle was commissioned by King Saint Louis.


Available visits in International Sign or LSF on demand on:

- Sunday 21 July at 10:45
- Tuesday 23 July at 17:30



Show « The Magical Gloves » - IVT

24 July, 25 July, 26 July


What if a pair of gloves could change everything?

After an accident, two deaf persons lose part of their abilities, their sign language is diminished. It is then they learn the existence of some magic gloves, gloves that allow those who wear them to sign as good as the famous people whom they belonged to. They embark on a journey to find them…

Script : Amine Bensaber
Direction : Bachir Saïfi
Featuring Sophie Scheidt, Olivier Calcada, Thumette Léon et Amine Bensaber
Set and Costume Design: Salva Mesa Alayon




Location : IVT - 7 cité Chaptal - 75009 Paris
Show dates and hours : July, Wednesday 24th / Thursday 25th / Friday 26th at 20:00
Duration : 1h15
Show in French Sign Language and visual
Price : 15€
*IVT bar will be open from 6pm during the show evenings.
Booking : / Skype : accueil.ivt / +33 (0)



Louvre Museum

Masterpieces visits in International Sign




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