About four years ago, Starbucks produced a large print/ Braille book to help vision-impaired customers more easily read the menu and order.  The official title of that 2008 book was Make It Your Drink – Guide to Starbucks Beverages Large Print and Braille Version.  What a great idea! I think Starbucks should do another braille ordering book.  A partner in Texas sent me one those books a long time ago, and I’ve been meaning to write about it for a while.  Some of you might recall, about one year ago Starbucks produced a braille Starbucks card.  It would be a great idea to do another one of those too.  By the way, here is the official Starbucks blog article on the braille card launched in September of last year.

The other day, I was talking to a partner about the braille book, and she distinctly remembered it.  She said that early in her Starbucks career, she worked in Florida.  She loved the large print section of the book!  She said that she used it all the time!  Apparently her Starbucks in Florida had a significant number of retirees as customers, and, as she described it, “I’d whip that book out all the time.”

Thank you Molly at Seattle Custom Framing for the great assistance with photos.  (It wasn’t easy getting the braille to show up in the photo.)

Should Starbucks produce another one of these?  What tools would you want to see to assist customers with disabilities?

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