(The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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This coffee shop is unique in Lebanon as it employs deaf people as their baristas, waiters and cashiers.Located in Rabieh, Metn, the cafe is part of the concept store of the Institut de Reeducation Audio-Phonetique, along with a boutique shop located across from the cafe.IRAP is a specialized school for deaf children founded in 1960 .But over the years it has grown into something more – a family and support system for the deaf community in Lebanon. The school operates like any other, except each student gets an educational team and not a teacher.Hearing difficulties can be spotted as early as 7 months of age, when the baby starts interacting with the world.Gone undetected, a hearing disability can impair an individual's growth. The deaf community faces many obstacles in Lebanon, as well as a lack of integration.However, the Lebanese deaf community has created its own unified Lebanese sign language that could be used in official announcements.Souhaid said many customers reported having no issues interacting with the staff.
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