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Starbucks opened its first U.S. sign language store in D.C. that’s ran by deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing employees. The store is located next to Gallaudet University, the world’s only university designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The designs are also adapted to the deaf community and cultures.

The name is spelled out in the hand symbols of American Sign Language

All employees are conversant in American Sign Language

Store decor is designed to celebrate deaf culture

Why it’s hot: As one of the more accessible brands in terms of store location, Starbucks is a great pilot store to start embracing the deaf community into regular workforce.

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