Monday, September 13, 2010

A Bar for the Deaf in Russia

According to About.com Deafness, Moscow now has a bar for deaf and hard of hearing people. The Krause Disco Bar welcomes everyone, except for two days of the week during which only deaf and hard of hearing people are allowed in.
Everyone take a drink
The bar features a dance floor with speakers to allow people to feel the rhythm, and staff fluent in sign language. According to its founder, Andrey Melnikov, "Deaf people face difficulties when trying to order anything in regular bars. [...] If anyone just pops in he or she will notice no difference from any other bar as the music is exactly the same."

Melnikov plans to expand his bars across Russia in the future. Since the Commonwealth of Independent States - an organization composed of former Soviet Republics -  share a common sign language, maybe it can even expand further.

See a more detailed article at the Moscow News.

2 comments:

  1. I have nothing against such commercial enterprises coming-up but if you give some serious thought, it kind of demarcates the deaf community, as in, why would they need a separate bar if they want to express themselves at part with everyone else.

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  2. You miss the point, anubhav. It's exactly the same as a gay bar, where gay people wish to have a special place where they can be themselves.
    Deaf people want a place where they can be themselves. Some actually are more comfortable where there are no hearing people around. It is a part of Deaf culture.
    If there were no Deaf culture, then you may have a point, but since there ARE various Deaf cultures around the world, where Deaf people feel quite distinct from hearing people, and want to be with other deaf people. This bar reflects this, and is a good enterprise for Russian Deaf people.

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