First sign language Starbucks opens in DC In this May 29, 2018, file photo, a barista reaches for an empty cup at a Starbucks in the Pike Place Market in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File/Dave Dugdale/Flickr)
First sign language Starbucks opens in DC

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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  • JennaD-sto
    11/13/2018 - 11:45 a.m.

    The Starbucks is telling the community that they care and he want the deaf people to feel more welcoming to their shop and hopefully they will come out with more.

    • ArmaniC-lin
      11/15/2018 - 01:32 p.m.

      yes i get what your saying about that

  • Nicke-kor
    11/14/2018 - 10:24 a.m.

    add a quiz plz and i luv starbucks coffee

  • ArmaniC-lin
    11/15/2018 - 01:30 p.m.

    i really love this article it is very under standing

  • J'ArvisT-lin
    11/15/2018 - 01:33 p.m.

    THX for the great details I wish i had the pumpkin spice in my hand

  • BenC-E2
    11/19/2018 - 11:39 a.m.

    I think it is good that the community is helping deaf people get jobs! good for that community . what do you think ? I hope you read this one !