A smile on menu

Cafe >> differently-abled people • Chennai

Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

imageKalakkal Cafe has modest offerings. It runs only twice a month and the most expensive item on its menu is a sandwich that costs Rs 25. The menu card listing the cafe’s dozen items is written in three ways—Braille, large block letters and pictures. The cafe, which opened in Kotturpuram in Chennai on March 31, caters to differently-abled people—and others as well—and has ramps, eating aids and tactile walls.

It is the physiotherapy room of Vidya Sagar, an organisation working on disability issues, which gets converted into the cafe on the second and fourth Saturdays. “We chose food the differently-abled can eat on their own without help from a caregiver,” says Anu Shankar, who runs the programme. The colours, fonts and pictures on the menu card have been designed keeping in mind the needs of people with low vision or those who cannot read. Two differently-abled people serve customers.

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