Customers place their orders through a special app.
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.”