Hard to believe that it took so long for people to notice one major
frustrating trend for the visually-impaired: trying to order food from
restaurant menus. But one 15-year-old girl from New Orleans is ready to
change all that by introducing braille menus to the restaurant industry.
Currently, visually-impaired customers either have to listen to a
menu-long recitation from a patient dining companion or put their trust in the waiter's recommendation. But providing a braille version of the menu would make things easier for them when dining out.
This was what spurred Sophie Trist, a rising sophomore at Mandeville High School, to offer a nifty
little service creating braille menus for restaurants that don't
currently have any of their own. For a nominal fee of $20, Trist will provide a restaurant with a braille copy of its menu.
Trist says that steps like these can help those who are visually-impaired lead a
more independent life. "This can be a major problem for visually
impaired individuals," said Trist. "If a sighted person does not
accompany me, the simple task of ordering off of a menu becomes a