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Braille menus

As a class activity, I was to go to restaurants and ask for Braille menues (I am a TVI student). I tried McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, and 12 establishments in Boston. Not one place could provide one. What can/should I do to provide these places with information on how to have their menus embossed?

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A lot time usually the only places you find brialle meuns are if your involved with wither of the blindness organizations being the NFB or ACB national conventions. I do however believe that one or both organizations are currently have resolutions related to braille menus in their respective consitutions.


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In an AFB announcemnet, Charlotte, NC was listed as the most liveable city in the US. I looked at the criteria, and wondered why my city wasn't on the top of the list. I am going to the City Mayor and suggest how easy it would be to promote ourselves as a most liveable city for individuals with disabilities! One is to fill up the website: www.wiredon wheels.org with reviews of our restaurants rated by accessiblity. I have made it a professional/personal project to do at least 24 local restaurants with LP/Braille menus. I want our city to have a good brochure about accessibility as well. We are the capitol of IL, and have the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum about to open. I want "everyone" to feel welcome!
Paul W


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Palatka Fl is one of the worse cities I've lived in. No braille menus of any sort and the public transportation sucks as well. I wish there was something I could do to change all that.


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Hi. Everytime I go to a restaurant with my wife, I always ask them if they have a Braille menu, and it amazes me how many of them actually do have them. Examples are Applebees, Bob Evans and (I think) Groundround. In other words, many of the chain restaurants stock them, but sometimes smaller ones do as well. I went to an Indina place in Philadelphia and I was surprised and pleased that they had one.


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That's weird, because i thought McDonald's provided braille menus. Perhaps you could take to the national headquarters.

I did request a braille menu at my favorite mexican restaurant and they actually got one. Makes life so much easier.


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I have had mixed success over the years when it comes to getting braille menus. But, I am happy to say that it seems to be getting better. I know I appreciate it when I can read the menu myself. It can be frustrating when you try a new place and the person who is reading asks you what you want, instead of reading everything on the menu.


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I'm visually impaired and the only place I've ever known to have large print/brialle menus is Crackel Barrel. It was so nice to be able to actual read he menu and not have to look like I was eating the menu or have someone ask me what I want. I hate that. I think blind/visually impaired persons should write thier congressman or US representative and say that all US national chains should carry large print/braille menus. It isn't like it would cost all that much I don't think. Also places like Mcdonalds and Burger kign should have paper version of thier menus on counters so people iwth visual impairments can see the menus.


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I live just outside of philthy, and one night me and my mom dropped in at an apple bees I believe it was. I didn't have to ask for a menu in Braille it just came to me. I was surprised and actually read the menu for the first time. No other places have one, nor do any people know what the heck Braille even is.


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Tell Restaurant managers to contact Braille Works Inc. We produce Braille and Large Print restaurant menus for a large amount of restaurant chains including Applebee's, Outback Steakhouse, Ruby Tuesday, Red Lobster, and many more. You can find us on the web at http://www.brailleworks.com


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i am trying to find a service in pittsburgh that i can use to get braille menus made for my restaraunt, the grille on seventh. the number here is 412-391-1004. our store hours are closed mondays, 11:30-9 on weekdays, and till 12 on weekeends.


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Please contact me for all your Braille menu needs or to refer a restaurant. We currently produce Braille/Large Print menus for IHOP, Denny's, Black-Eyed Pea, Perkins Restaurants, etc. My email address is rileyfamily6@sbcglobal.net. Thank you!


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I've ordered from Braille menus a number of times, and I can't tell you how rewarding it is. I even had a fully-sighted neighbor bring me a McDonalds Braille menu, or at least part of one. It was only one page and there was Braille on both sides. I even got a Braille menu at a Ruby Tuesday location once. This was in Southern Illinois, when my family and I were at a reunion. I and at least one of the other Braille readers in my family got to order off it. I can't quite remember if my brother was with us at the time, but I don't think he was.


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