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Starbucks opens first sign language store in US

WASHINGTON – Ms Rebecca Witzofsky, a 20-year-old deaf student at Gallaudet University in Washington, and her hearing friend Nikolas Carapellatti wanted to get a coffee.

It is usually a struggle for Ms Witzofsky to make her order understood. But on Tuesday (Oct 23), the difficulty finally came to an end.

Coffee giant Starbucks has opened its first “signing store” in the United States in north-east Washington near the campus of Gallaudet, the world’s only university with an entire curriculum designed to accommodate the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

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