First sign language Starbucks opens in DC
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Coffee drinkers in the nation's capital can now order that tall pumpkin spice iced skim latte in sign language.
Starbucks opened its first U.S. "signing store." This is to better serve hard of hearing customers. The store in Washington is just blocks from Gallaudet University. It is one of the nation's oldest universities serving deaf and hard of hearing students.
Marlee Matlin is the only deaf actor to win an Academy Award. She posted an Instagram video of herself ordering a drink. "The sign for the week is COFFEE," she wrote.
Starbucks announced in July that it would hire 20 to 25 deaf or hard of hearing baristas. They will work at the store.
The store is modeled after a similar Starbucks signing store which opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2016.
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