Maaya Indian Kitchen & Bar has become the first restaurant in the area to provide menus written purely in Braille; allowing its visually impaired customers to freely choose their dishes.
Maaya Indian Kitchen & bar in The Hub has become the first restaurant in the area to provide menus written purely in Braille; allowing its visually impaired customers to freely choose their dishes.
The independently owned restaurant has had its lunch, a la carte, drinks and dessert menus converted into Braille, “We strongly believe in creating a restaurant that is comfortable and accessible to everyone,” said owner and manager, Mo Abdul. He adds: “Whether you’re in a wheelchair, are pushing a buggy or if you are visually impaired, a visit to Maaya should be a positive one. We would like to see more restaurants in Milton Keynes offering this service to make going out in our wonderful city open to everyone.”
To launch the new menus, management at Maaya invited local visual impairment charity, BucksVision to be the first to try the menus, as well as the food itself.
Jeff Bashton, BucksVision volunteer and member said “I was delighted to have the opportunity of independently accessing the Braille menu at Maaya, a very rare opportunity for me as a totally blind person. Any initiative that fosters social inclusion is always very welcome.” And BucksVision’s Office Manager, Alison Deuchars, also echoed this: “We are delighted to hear that Maaya has taken these steps to be accessible to customers with sight loss. We hope that more businesses in Milton Keynes follow their lead.”
Maaya Indian Kitchen & Bar opened in The Hub in February this year following a £1/2 million investment from four local businessmen.
For more details: www.maayamiltonkeynes.com