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Sign Language Starbucks

Sofia Borges, Journalist

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In January 2019, Starbucks opened a store were the staff speaks only in sign language. This unique Starbucks was designed to make ordering and receiving drinks easier for people who are deaf or hard-of hearing. They do this by making the area brighter and easier to see.

Upfront magazine tells us, “It’s staffed by deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing employees – and they’re all fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Customers can sign or write down their orders, and when their drinks are ready, their names will appear on a screen at the end of the bar.”

The store used to be a normal Starbucks, but it was remodeled to make it easier to see. They do this by adding more light and getting rid of anything that can block one’s view, including tall stacks of cups and high tables. The location has no music at all. Everything about this Starbucks is designed to help people who can’t hear very well. 

“It was very quiet.” said Julie Fonseca de Borges, an actual customer at this Starbucks. “It was much brighter too.” She went inside the Starbucks and experienced in person. She said it was easier to see in the Starbucks and it felt open. 

After ordering, she said it felt unusual to write down her order. She also said that it’s on a street where there’s a lot of other stores around, including a Petco store. The Starbucks is near Gallaudet University, a school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. This Starbucks is worth checking out. 

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Sofia Borges, Journalist

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My name is Sofia Borges. I'm a sixth grader here at Blaine. I'm super excited to write stories for you guys! I want you guys to enjoy everyone's...

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  1. Alex Davis on March 14th, 2019 2:44 pm

    that is very interesting!

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