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BRAILLE MENUS NOW OFFERED BY THE MENU WORKSHOP

 BRAILLE MENUS NOW OFFERED BY THE MENU WORKSHOP
 SEATTLE, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Menu Workshop, the national


leader in restaurant menu engineering (planning), design and production announced today it is offering a new service to help the visually impaired -- menus available in Braille and large type.
 According to Gregg Rapp, president of The Menu Workshop, it's a matter of accessibility. "Because there are significant numbers of visually impaired persons in the United States, we are making a special effort to help our restaurant clients nationwide make their establishments more accessible through readable menus."
 The National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, said 800,000 people in the United States are legally blind. Of this group, a significant number are capable of fluently reading Braille and many others can read extra large printing.
 "Through computer technology, we are now able to take an existing menu and convert it to a series of dot impressions in Braille," Rapp said. The Menu Workshop is also providing restaurants with the option of producing menus with large type for the partially sighted.
 The cost to a restaurant for Braille menus is nominal -- a few hundred dollars. However, The Menu Workshop also will create a special fund to help smaller restaurants that may not have the resources to buy Braille menus.
 The Braille menu service was welcome news to the Seattle Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted. June Mansfield, president and chief executive officer of the organization, said Braille menus provide the only means for a blind person to have private access to a menu.
 "Today, quality service means providing all customers with excellent service. For persons who are blind or visually impaired, Braille and large print menus are a part of quality service," Mansfield stressed.
 Rapp said by The Menu Workshop calling attention to the accessibility issue, he hoped restaurants that are not currently offering special menus will consider providing this service. In 1993, more than $3 billion in food and beverages will be ordered from restaurant menus designed this year by The Menu Workshop.
 For more information on menus in Braille, contact The Menu Workshop, 2815 2nd Avenue, Suite 393, Seattle, WA 98121, or call 206-443-9581 or toll free at 800-334-6368.
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 /CONTACT: Gregg Rapp of The Menu Workshop, 206-443-9581 or 800-334-6368/ CO: The Menu Workshop ST: Washington IN: SU: PDT


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