Starbucks Opens First ‘Signing Store’ Using Sign Language


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Starbucks have opened their first store where people will be able to order their favorite latte using sign language.

The Washington D.C. location will be staffed by employees who are either partially, or fully deaf and use American Sign Language, with USA Today reporting the company hired as many as 25 people from across the country who knew ASL.

“All the barriers are gone from being able to communicate, or from people being able to demonstrate their skills and show off the talent they have,” Marthalee Galeota, senior manager for accessibility at Starbucks said in a statement. “We think this store celebrates the culture of human connection on a deep level.”

According to USA Today, all barristers who can communicate in American Sign Language will wear an “I Sign” pin and the location will also sell exclusive artwork and a mug designed by a deaf artist.