DINING at Fremantle establishments Bib & Tucker and May Street Larder is now easier for people with a vision impairment following the introduction of Braille menus.
The Freo favourites, which introduced Braille menus in June as part of their winter offering, ensures menu browsing is an easier and more enjoyable dining experience for everyone.
Co-owner Eamon Sullivan said they wanted to make sure everyone was welcome in their venues and felt catered for.
“This is something really easy that we could do to achieve that for people who are blind or have low vision,” he said.
“I have a friend who lost his sight as a teenager and I’ve always admired him for how he just gets on with life, succeeding more than most people ever will.
“This is a really small thing we could do to make people with vision impairment feel included.”
Vision Australia Perth regional business manager Donna Fahie said social inclusion was key to the organisation’s mission to ensure people who are blind or have low vision could live the life they choose.
“Many people found it difficult to get out there and try something new, but people who are blind or have low vision in particular face many barriers,” she said.
“The inclusion of Braille menus is one less barrier for the low vision and blind community.
“When we hear of local businesses taking the initiative like Eamon has done at Bib & Tucker and May Street Larder by introducing Braille menus, we are absolutely delighted at what this means for our community.
“I think if more businesses start to think like this it can really make an impact on the low vision and blind community and help to foster the independence and inclusion we at Vision Australia strive for, for our clients each and every day.”
Ms Fahie encouraged other businesses to get involved through its Print Access team.
National steakhouse Hog’s Breath introduced Braille menus in 2016.