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The Accessible Virtual Community
Restaurants and Dining
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.
This 2009 pdf Checklist is designed to be a convenient tool for identifying architectural and communication barriers in restaurants which prevent full access and which may be encountered by people with disabilities. Guidance for how to perform anaccessibility survey is included in the introduction and helpful illustrations are also included (though no text equivalent was available).
BluePath & DBTAC Northwest Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation, University of Washington
This pdf document looks at the construction of restaurants, in general,and includes accessibility considerations.
City of Riverside- Building and Safety
This checklist includes categories of: Getting into the Restaurant, Access to Foodservice Areas, Access to Restrooms, and more.
Disability Law Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
The checklist presents information in summary form on the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations implementing the ADA on restaurants and cafeterias. The checklist must be used with the DOT and DOJ regulations and ADAAG to ensure accuracy. This checklist is intended for technical assistance purposes only.
United States Access Board
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
This website provides information for making restaurants more accessible and statistics on how accessible restaurants are.
"The Center for Universal Design (CUD) is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products. Our mission is to improve environments and products through design innovation, research, education, and design assistance." The website includes news, articles and many resources.
North Carolina State University
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.
Persons with disabilities like other consumers shop and work in retail stores. There are a number of simple and inexpensive ways to make your retail business more disability friendly. Some involve changes in appearance, others in physical arrangements. This web page offers suggestions which can greatly enhance the universal access to a store or business.
The AT Network - a project of the California Department of Rehabilitation
Guidelines for the accessibility of restaurants and cafeterias are highlighted here. Illustrations and discussions are offered for the different aspects of accessible design. A link to the specific ADA Standards for Accessible Design 5: Restaurants and Cafeterias, as well as state codes, are provided here.
Association of Science-Technology Centers Incorporated
This article provides information about Menus That Talk (MTT), which are DVD-sized push button devices that read menu items for patrons with disabilities. The background of Menus That Talk, benefits for diners with disabilities, and benefits for restaurants that provide Menus That Talk to their customers are presented.
This web page offers information regarding refrigerators and their accessibility. Some adults are short. Others can't raise their arms. Many use wheelchairs.
This Canadian company, SPH Ltd., assists restaurants and others in the hospitality sector with addressing accessibility issues - identifying, removing and preventing barriers faced by persons with disabilities. This web page offers five guidelines.
SPH Planning and Consulting Ltd.
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.