Starbucks

Crys

This is Washington D.C.'s Signing Starbucks and is so unbelievably deaf-friendly that I wish I could give it six stars.

It benefits tremendously from its proximity to Gallaudet University, the world's only Deaf university. They hire all signing staff, most of whom are Deaf themselves. Signage and visual aids abound for the benefit of signing folks and those who don't know sign language. When your beverage and food are ready for pickup, your name appears on a large screen so you never miss your order. The space is well lit, open with visually accessible sight lines including a lowered bar so you can clearly see the staff signing. 

They make sure to support deaf-friendly talent by selling the signing Starbucks logo on coffee mugs created by Deaf artist Jena Floyd and the floor to ceiling mural which honors the Deaf community was also created by a well known Deaf artist.   

I feel so lucky to live in Washington D.C. and I am grateful to businesses like Starbucks who not only truly know what it means to be deaf-friendly, they raise the bar.  

Kudos! 


  • Makes Eye Contact
  • Positive Attitude
  • Schedule/Order On-line or E-mail
  • Subtitles/Closed Caption/Open Caption
  • Knows Sign Language
  • Service Animal Allowed
  • Well Lit Environment
  • Pen and Paper Available
  • Willingness to Gesture

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