DC is getting Starbucks’ only US store run entirely by staff proficient in sign language

WORKFORCE | Starbucks will open its first US store which will be run in American Sign Language in DC. The store will hire twenty to twenty-five deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing people that are proficient in American Sign Language. (WaPo, 7/19)

The store will open near Gallaudet University, a 150-year-old institution and the world’s only university designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The campus of 1,900 students is located in northeast Washington, a quick walk from blocks of restaurants and bars along the bustling H Street corridor.

The store will feature art and a mug designed by a deaf artist. Deaf employees will wear aprons that show “Starbucks” spelled in sign language. Hearing employees proficient in sign language will wear pins showing they can sign.

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