We have a co-op student with us again this semester and he has special needs.. he is deaf. He has some residual hearing in one ear but how much he has really isn't known to us so we have been told to treat him as if he is deaf. And this young man despite his deafness is interested in working in a kitchen and maybe one day attending culinary school and becoming a chef. He is in high school now and this is his second co-op placement. He did his first one in a grocery store in the fresh to go section where he prepped the meals etc that were for sale that day and according to his EA (educational assistant) he did really well there. He is a visual learner and if we show him things, he remembers them. I'm looking forward to working with this young man. I think it will be a learning experience for us as well as him. I have worked with deaf people before so I have experience with sign language, lip readers and gesturing so I can teach the other staff to communicate w with him. He does not sign, but does lip read and gesture so I have already told staff to make sure he is looking at them in the face when they are speaking to him so he doesn't miss anything. I was watching his EA with him today (this was his second day with us) when I could and she does alot of gestures with him so I'm trying to pick them up so that I can teach them to the other staff. He does speak but we have to listen very closely to him as English is not his first language and he is also very soft spoken. Have any of you worked with someone with special needs? How did it go? Besides working in the grouphome ages ago, I have worked with people who have disabilities in the kitchen. I worked with someone who was mildly developmentally delayed at one job and she did fine as long as she had a clear set of tasks she needed to complete during her shift. One of my close friends has CP in her legs and she is also a cook .. and the only accomodation I had to make for her (she worked with me for a bit at another job) was that she have a stool nearby in the event her legs or hips needed a break from standing and when she was working I served and helped cook and she stayed in the kitchen the whole shift. I have also worked with someone with hearing loss in the kitchen. One of the corporate trainers who helped us open last June is deaf in one ear and he told us all this at the beginning so we knew not to talk to him on that side and to touch him when we were passing behind him so he knew we were there. He worked in hotel kitchens before going corporate and I have to say he was one of my favourite trainers.