Australian restaurant RASHAYS has announced a deaf-friendly program to be rolled out across their 22 restaurants country-wide.
“There are deaf restaurants where deaf people are employed, but we’re the first restaurant to employ hearing staff and make it mandatory for them to learn basic Auslan,” said RASHAYS founder Rami Ykmour.
There will be at least one staff member who can sign on each shift at each of the restaurants.
“Since the initiative we have employed five profoundly deaf waitstaff,” said franchisee of RASHAYS Punchbowl, Bashar Krayem. “Our goal is to become completely deaf friendly by the end of 2018, we have done this through creating our own in-store Auslan classes. Classes range from beginners to advanced.”
“Reactions towards the deaf friendly initiative amongst staff have been incredible, with a few taking it further and enrolling in Auslan classes outside of work hours.”
Last year, we heard about Eat Real Cairns in Queensland, which hires deaf baristas and seeks to teach customers Auslan through posters.
We hope Aussie restaurants continue to become accessible for those with disabilities!
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