Deafined Breaks Down Barriers

Deafined Breaks Down Barriers

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…
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