The South London cafe that only lets you order in British Sign Language

According to the UK government, there are 11 million people in the UK who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Of those, an estimated 151,000 are British Sign Language (BSL) users.

But BSL is not taught in schools, creating a communication barrier for those hard of hearing.

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BSL is a language just like English, but uses hand gestures and facial expressions to construct sentences rather than spoken words.

Anyone can learn BSL, not just those who are hard of hearing.

At this cafe, you’ll have to order without speaking

Now, the Deaf community and the hearing can come together in a Waterloo cafe through the Dialogue Hub – a project that aims to create a more inclusive society.

At their cafe, customers can only order their drinks in BSL.

There are signs around that demonstrate how to order everything, with demonstrative videos.

Dialogue Hub also hosts a sensory experience aimed at bringing together the Blind community and the seeing.

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The exhibition is set in complete darkness, and the guides are all visually impaired.

Find Dialogue Hub at 43 York Rd, London SE1 7NJ, or visit their website.

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