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Inclusive Education Project Podcast

Aug 14, 2018

Starbucks recently announced that it’s opening its first signing store in Washington DC to provide services and employment opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing patrons. This certainly appears to be a move in the right direction but we’re discussing whether this is merely a one-and-done type of situation or if this is opening the door for greater opportunities in the future.

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What We Discuss in this Episode

  • We catch up on what’s going on with the plastic straw ban, in Santa Barbara specifically
  • Starbucks opening their first signing store to provide services for deaf patrons
  • Even though it’s one store, this opening starts the conversation. But is it enough?
  • What all is going into tailoring this store to deaf patrons
  • Should Starbucks employees learn ASL? 
  • If this concept at this particular store succeeds, is there concern that Starbucks will feel like they’ve done enough?
  • Why it’s important to teach the next generation of students tolerance and acceptance


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