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December 24, 2002

Carolling sans words at Starbucks outlets

From:, Singapore - 24 Dec 2002

By Julian Chua

The Singapore Deaf Awareness Programme 2002 aims to bridge the gap between the hearing-impaired and those who are not, with collaborative community projects.

One example is a carolling project with the Starbucks coffee chain.

A group of 95 volunteers - both hearing-impaired and otherwise - from the Singapore Association of the Deaf, will be performing carols using the sign language at Compass Point, Tampines Mall, Plaza Singapura, Millenia Walk, Raffles City, Liat Towers and Paragon Starbucks oulets.

It's part of a community outreach programme to promote the knowledge of deaf culture and sign language.

A hearing-impaired volunteer with the project, Janet Tay, said "I want to encourage people to learn sign language, to learn to communicate with us."

And to encourage this, Starbucks has created 4 new hand-signs for popular drinks such as Cappuccino, Caffe Latte, Caffe Americano and Caffe Mocha for their hearing-impaired customers.


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