France, where the first sign language originated and influenced American & European sign languages, has a mixed system for educating deaf children.
About 12,000 deaf children and adolescents are currently in the education system in France, out of an estimated population of 61.5 million. An estimated 500 deaf students are in third-level education – but partially deaf students are not counted in this total.
Concerningly, a mother told of finding that the spoken-language approach was not mentioned on websites in France, when she researched hearing options for her son. This is her story.