Accessibility is on the menu at Exeter restaurants
TASKS that sighted people often take for granted can be a challenge for visually-impaired people – and one of these is ordering food off a restaurant menu.
In the past if they were not accompanied by a sighted person this would have been impossible. But not now.
Princesshay has introduced braille menus into its restaurants and cafes to show support for the centre's new charity of the year, WESC Foundation: The specialist centre for visual impairment.
WESC Foundation, located on Topsham Road, provides specialist care, education and therapy to children and young people with visual impairment and complex needs. More than 100 children and young people attend WESC daily, weekly or all year round from all over the UK.
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Foundation Fundraising Manager, Caroline Burkie said the Princesshay initiative was going to be a great help.
"The young people at WESC Foundation are looking forward to going out in Princesshay knowing that they will be able to independently order from the menu. That's how it should be."
WESC Foundation has worked with Princesshay to create the braille menus, which are now available in the shopping centre's restaurants and cafes including wagamamas, Carluccios, Coal, Strada, La Tasca and Costa Coffee.
Natalie Mercieca, Restaurant Manager at Coal Grill & Bar said they were happy to be involved.
"We're really pleased to be able to offer braille menus to our customers should they request one. It's a simple thing to do but yet makes such a difference to people with a visual impairment," she said.
WESC Foundation supports visually-impaired children and young people with practical life skills to ensure they have the very best education, care and experiences to reach their full potential. Princesshay is a favoured destination for the students to practice mobility and social skills and this initiative will strengthen it as a destination for both learning and leisure.
Wayne Pearce, centre manager said: "As part of our year-long partnership, we want to work with WESC Foundation to make Princesshay as accessible as possible for its students.
"It's great that so many of our restaurants have got on board to provide the option of braille menus for diners."