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The Accessible Virtual Community

Restaurants and Dining

Illustration represents restaurants and dining portion of the virtual community.

Menus are just one of the unique features of the restaurant experience. Check out some new approaches to accessibility in the food service and restaurant industry that go beyond the ADA. To search for more related information, you can go to our Search Page.

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Accessibility Guidelines for Building Restaurants

This pdf document looks at the construction of restaurants, in general,and includes accessibility considerations.

City of Riverside- Building and Safety

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ADA Requirements: Service Animals

This website has updated ADA guidelines, regulations, and rights for people with service animals.

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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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Barrier-Free Restaurants

This website provides information for making restaurants more accessible and statistics on how accessible restaurants are.

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Community Health Environment Checklists (CHECs)

This website describes a series of Community Health Environment Checklists or CHECs, which help to describe the accessibility of buildings using the lived experiences of persons with disabilities as a guide. Very quick and easy to administer.

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Refrigerators and Accessibility

This web page offers information regarding refrigerators and their accessibility. Some adults are short. Others can't raise their arms. Many use wheelchairs.

AARP

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Restaurant Survey for Hearing Accessibility

This Word document has an unkown source, but appears to be from a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America-Rochester Chapter. Several considerations for hearing accessibility are included for consideration, but the standards do not include referenced sources.

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Restaurant Accessibility - Hearing  (Word Document)

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Tips for Communicating with People who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

A tip sheet for communicating with individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.

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Universal Design New York

This is a desktop reference manual which presents common universal design principles from Universal Design New York and offers examples of how to incorporate these ideas into other projects.

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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