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Scottish restaurant launches audio menu

The Huxley has introduced the audio menu in partnership with the RNIB Scotland

29 Jul 2019 by Emily McCormick

A restaurant in Scotland has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Scotland to launch an audio menu for blind and partially sighted customers.

Based in Edinburgh and owned by Signature Pubs, The Huxley decided to establish the audio menu following a suggestion from employee, Kirsty Cameron.

Ms Cameron was volunteering with the RNIB Scotland and realised that dining out can be “an intimidating experience” for people with sight loss and raised it with her employer.

To mark the launch of the audio menu, 10 diners with sight loss were invited to The Huxley for lunch with Ms Cameron and RNIB Scotland volunteer facilitator, Daniel Meikle.

Diners could choose to hear the menu on an iPad or have it sent to their smartphones, which could read it back to them using speech software.

Speaking about dining out with sight loss, Mr Meikle said: “People who have sight loss enjoy eating out with family and friends, just like everybody else does. But too often we’re simply not able to make out what choices are on the menu. It can be embarrassing to have to rely on somebody else to read it out to you.”

The RNIB Scotland has confirmed that Signature Pubs is planning to introduce the audio menu service in its 24 locations across Scotland.

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