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ABLE and Shorewood Men's Club Bringing Braille Menus to Shorewood

July 5, 2013

SHOREWOOD BECOMES 1ST WISCONSIN COMMUNITY
TO OFFER BRAILLE MENUS IN ALL RESTAURANTS

Grant from Shorewood Men’s Club allows restaurants to become more accessible

Milwaukee, WI – Audio and Braille Literacy Enhancement, Inc. (ABLE), in conjunction with the Shorewood Men’s Club, is proud to announce that Shorewood will become the first community in Wisconsin to offer Braille menus in all of its restaurants. The cost is being covered by a $500 grant from the Shorewood Men’s Club, allowing ABLE to produce the menus at no charge to the nearly 25 restaurants located in Shorewood.

“As a lifelong Braille reader, I appreciate how wonderful it is to visit restaurants where menus are available in alternative formats,” said Cheryl Orgas, ABLE’s Executive Director. “Braille readers will be delighted to experience the independence of dining in these restaurants. I hope Shorewood can be the model for other communities to emulate.”

All Shorewood restaurant menus should be completed later this summer. ABLE is also looking for additional partners to help make restaurants more accessible in other communities in southeast Wisconsin, as Braille menus save time for wait staff and improve the overall experience for blind customers.

“The Shorewood Men’s Club’s interest in providing Braille in more locations promotes independent living and equal access,” said Cheri McGrath, ABLE Board President. “It also lets us know that Shorewood business owners care about all of their diners.”

Audio and Braille Literacy Enhancement, Inc. (ABLE) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that provides alternative ways for people with print disabilities to read. The organization was started in 1965 by a group of volunteers who learned how to braille in order to transcribe textbooks for blind students at local elementary schools. Today, ABLE provides Braille and audio transcriptions of books and other printed materials for persons who are blind, visually impaired or have print disabilities that prevent them from reading standard print. ABLE is in the Central Milwaukee Public Library building downtown, next to the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library.

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