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Sign If You Want Grilled Chicken

November 11, 2014

A young Toronto entrepreneur named Anjan Manikumar has opened a restaurant called Signs, to meet the needs of the deaf. The only one in the world? Quite possibly.

According to the, "When Manikumar was a manager at a Boston Pizza in Markham, he noticed one of his regular guests was deaf. With no tools or education for staff to communicate with him, ordering food was a game of point, nod and serve.

Manikumar sought to change that. He learned American Sign Language, known as ASL, beginning with the basics: “hello,” for starters, a salute-like wave of the hand." 

The place hires and trains deaf employees, serves deaf customers, and enlightens people with normal hearing. The walls instruct in sign language. 

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