Lions Club Helped Restaurant Become First in state with large print menus

By Diana Baird / Messenger Index

LaCosta Restaurant was the first restaurant in the state of Idaho to get the new large print menus for the blind.During an orientation at the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired some teens discussed how much they hated going to restaurants and having to ask their friends to read the menus for them. These comments sparked a statewide campaign to have large print/high contrast menus as well as braille menus placed in all Idaho restaurants.

The ICBVI has teamed with the Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association, Idaho Lions Clubs, Lt. Gov. Brad Little’s office, the SW Idaho Chapter of the National Federation for the Blind and the Idaho Council of the Blind to make it easy for restaurants to comply with this request.

Idaho restaurant owners are asked to join in this effort by having large print menus available in their restaurants. There would be no cost and really no effort other than getting a copy of menu to the ICBVI. If the business is a customer of FSA or Sysco, they will print one or two menus for free the next time new menus are requested. For others, simply get a menu to a local Lions Club member or directly to the ICBVI and it will be turned into large print and returned. The participating restaurant will also receive a sticker like the one below to let prospective customers know that the business is taking part in this program. Again there will be no cost, with the ICBVI doing all the printing and teaming with the Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association in paying for the stickers. In addition the business will be listed on the ICBVI website, as well as the ILRA website and newsletter.

For more information, e-mail the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired at rthomas@icbvi.idaho.gov. Menus can also be mailed to the ICBVI at 341 W. Washington, Boise, ID. 83720, or given to any Lions club member. This program will not only help the visually impaired across the state of Idaho, but also has the potential to increase business.