Deafined, will offer a unique culinary experience to Vancouverites and visitors alike. Inspired by the hugely popular ‘blind-dining’ trend that has swept the world, Deafined provides a new twist—guests will be served in American Sign Language by Deaf and Hard of Hearing waitstaff. The goal of Deafined is to offer the exquisite fusion fare in a warm, welcoming environment, while also promoting American Sign Language and offering employment opportunities for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In Canada, only 20.6% of Deaf Canadians are fully employed, 42% are under-employed, and 37.5% of Deaf Canadians are unemployed. When you compare that to the national unemployment rate of 7%, these figures are alarming. With the help of Job Readiness Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Vancouver Community College, the YWCA Metro Vancouver WorkBC and the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Deafined has been busy recruiting talented staff for the new Vancouver location. An evening at Deafined will give adventurous diners a culinary journey, while breaking down barriers between the deaf and the hearing. Come for the concept, stay for the food guests will not be disappointed. Deafined will offer Vancouver exceptional cuisine, superb service and transformative experiences.