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
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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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COMMENTS (79)
  • AaronS-6
    11/13/2018 - 02:04 p.m.

    Starbucks is sending a message of inclusivity and tolerance the community. In the article is states, "This is to better serve hard of hearing customers." This proves that Starbucks is trying to include everybody. Starbucks is trying to be friendly with hard of hearing people.

  • ErikD-2756
    11/13/2018 - 02:05 p.m.

    The signing Starbucks is letting us know they are including all people by helping deaf people order a coffee. In the article it states, "Starbucks announced in July that it would hire 20 to 25 deaf or hard of hearing baristas." They will work at the store. This shows that Starbucks is including everyone.

  • ClaireP-
    11/13/2018 - 02:09 p.m.

    I think the way signing Starbucks sends a message of inclusivity and tolerance is because people can actually understand people who are deaf. In the article it states, "It is one of the nation's oldest universities serving deaf and hard of hearing students." This shows that Starbucks is trying to include everyone in their delicious drinks.

  • JulianS-5
    11/13/2018 - 02:09 p.m.

    Starbucks is sending a message of inclusivity and tolerance to the community by signing. I think that we should have more shops like Starbucks that tolerate people that are deaf. Marlee Matlin, who is deaf, stated,"She posted an Instagram video of herself ordering a drink." That proves that deaf people are ordering drinks. This is my opinion about what I think about the singing of Starbucks.

  • ethanm-orv
    11/13/2018 - 02:59 p.m.

    Thats great that starbucks is doing this for deaf people. More restaurants should do this.

  • evaniaw-orv
    11/13/2018 - 03:02 p.m.

    I think that is a really smart idea because not only is it helping deff people but it also might educate people with sign language.

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

    add a quiz plz and i luv starbucks coffee

  • nicolek-orv
    11/14/2018 - 02:35 p.m.

    This is good because now people who are deaf or hard of hearing can order coffee and others can have a job where they can have people understand them.

  • 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

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