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Barrier Free Dining

Barrier Free Choices is a detailed website which allows individuals with disabilities to search for a restaurant through an extensive checklist which includes payment options, dining options, special dietary considerations, special requirements, and various other options.

Barrier Free Choices

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Posted by: slarcom on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 2:04 p.m.

This website is useful for finding barrier free options in your community. The website however I thought was distracting (the letters would have a wave of shine), the font was difficult to read at times, as well as the dark green color(and some pink) on a light green/blue background. It is nice that the site gives the option for translation. I personally found finding a barrier free building a little difficult because I wanted to change my needs, but could not use the "back" button. The icon in the upper left hand corner was easy to use, but sometimes I had a difficult time knowing what screen I was on, and how to get back to where I wanted to be. I found the website to have a large amount of text, which I found to be difficult to navigate to find the gist of what I was reading. Overall this website provides a great service, though I think the website needs some rethinking as far as color scheme and text amount.

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Posted by: nfranke on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 6:42 p.m.

Neat idea, but very hard to use. It was not very intuitive, and after playing around on it for a bit, I was unable to generate any actual useful results.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability