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This Starbucks Store Is Devoted To Hiring Deaf Employees

Ten deaf baristas were just welcomed into the Starbucks family.

A new Starbucks location in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is providing a unique employment opportunity to people who are deaf.

Starbucks Malaysia partnered with the Society of Interpreters for the Deaf, which advocates for equal rights for the deaf community, to open the store on Wednesday. This Starbucks location offers jobs to people who are deaf, and also makes ordering easier for deaf customers.

The store hired ten deaf baristas, but it caters to customers of all hearing abilities. Deaf customers can use sign language to order drinks of their choice and those who don’t know sign language can use a menu card to write their order.

In the video above, watch employees express their excitement about Starbucks’ opportunities and accessibility.

CLARIFICATION: This video has been updated to reflect that the store is the first specially-abled Starbucks, not the first specially-abled store of any kind.

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