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 has opened its first U.S. "signing store" to better serve hard of hearing customers. The store in Washington is just blocks from Gallaudet University, one of the nation's oldest universities serving deaf and hard of hearing students.

Marlee Matlin, the only deaf actor to win an Academy Award, posted an Instagram video of herself ordering a drink early on the day the new store opened. "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 to 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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How do you think the signing Starbucks sends a message of inclusivity and tolerance to the community?
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  • Jenaeb-orv
    3/08/2019 - 11:29 a.m.

    because its shows that they care for others so they wont have a hard time to communicate with there customers plus they will be making more money because there community will be more up to more people i guess

  • SummerS-dec
    3/31/2019 - 10:06 p.m.

    I think this is awesome that they made a starbucks for deaf people and people who can't hear well. It will make ordering coffee much easier for those people.

  • jazlynr-rit1
    8/28/2019 - 04:30 p.m.

    I think it is really good that they opened a story for hard of hearing people. Not only the people that cant hear very well can go there, the workers are hard of hearing to.

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