Some of you may or may not have heard but Washington D.C. opened the first U.S. Sign Language Starbucks recently. Why the first in the U.S.? The first one in the world was opened in Malaysia which inspired the U.S. to open one. I have been anticipating this moment as soon as I heard about it since the end of Spring this year. First, an interactive drive-thru and now a signing store? Starbucks is known for being inclusive and welcoming for all but this is literally one of the few steps to show that if given the right tools, the deaf and hard of hearing can do anything. Still, the unemployment rate for the deaf community is too high.
This location is on 6th and H Street, Washington D.C. right near Gallaudet Univerisity.
It is amazing. To my hearing friends, please go. They have accessibility for YOU! A digital note pad for ordering and a screen that tells you your order is ready.
They have cute mugs and beautiful murals designed by a deaf artist. It’s SO COOL.
I was overwhelmed by the diversity of the store and may have cried tears of joy inside over how excited and happy to see how big of a difference this makes for the deaf and hard of hearing community. It also shows how much awareness and education the world needs to see and break the barriers of adversity in the workforce and community.
Now, to enjoy my black coffee…I know. Boring. I just love a good decent coffee. What’s your favorite Starbucks drink? Have you visited this particular location yet? If not, it’s a must to visit, order your favorite drink, take a look around yourself and soak in the delicious diversity around you.