Washington Food Market Becomes Hub for Deaf Community

A year-old food market in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood has become a unique hub of shopping and dining for the city’s Deaf community.

One feature that draws many hard of hearing customers to Union Market is the ability to communicate with staff members like Thadeus Suggs. The 23-year-old lunchtime food vendor from Seattle interacts with them easily because he is fluent in American Sign Language.

Suggs, who also is Deaf, began working at the historic market weeks after it opened in …

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