Sign Language Starbucks

Starbucks just opened their first ever sign language store in the US.  

It’s in Washington D.C, just steps away from Gallaudet University which is the only school of its kind in the world for the deaf and hard of hearing.

This Starbucks location is staffed with workers who are deaf or hard of hearing, or at least fluent in American Sign Language.

And there are several ways to order inside, including signing your order in ASL, pointing at a picture menu or using a tablet to write your order and your name.

My first question is, what took so long?

Are there other places like this in the US, other stores or restaurants?

Because this is awesome!

I’ve always wanted to be fluent in American Sign Language. I know some basic signs, I can finger spell, but that’s one of those things you don’t always think about. People say they want to learn French or Italian, but American Sign Language is a language too!

How does one go about learning ASL?

Are there groups for it? Should I check Facebook?

-Lauren