Talking Hands, Telangana's first restaurant managed & run by the deaf
Telangana has got its first restaurant run and managed by the deaf.
It's called Talking Hands and it is located in Begumpet. The person behind the initiative is TKM Sandeep, CEO, Deaf Enabled Foundation (DEF) supported by the Telangana government.
Sandeep, who is also deaf, says he started the Deaf Enabled Foundation to educate and train hearing-impaired people to get jobs. Seeing his hard work, the government approached him to create Talking Hands.
From the entrance to the table mats and the restaurant’s walls, everything has been designed and created in a way to guide the visitors and teach them the importance of sign language. Guests are encouraged to order by using sign language.
All staff members at the restaurant have been hired from DEF, and they are being trained to deal with the customers and manage the restaurant all by themselves.
The restaurant has created quite a name in both the silent and hearing worlds. Guests have been coming here in large numbers, and they appreciate the idea and the food.
The team plans to start such restaurants in other parts of Telangana as well as other states in India.