Staffed entirely by deaf students, a new cafe in Melbourne cafe equips them with practical experience and the option of gaining a hospitality qualification, SBS News reports.
“From my experience here at Tradeblock, I feel like I could work in various workplaces," says staff member Precious Dennis.
“I might not know initially [what to do] but I’ll understand the best way to learn and I’ll reflect on my experiences here and I’ll know what to do and how to go forward.”
“This is a Deaf space and the hearing customer is on the outer," cafe manager Nicole McRae said.
"They've got to step out of their comfort zone ... break down those barriers themselves.
"Our students and staff are really empowered because they're the ones who are showing them how to use the app and teaching them the signs ... they're utilising their language in their space.”
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