Oakman Inns launches talking menu for visually impaired customers

By Lesley Foottit

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The Good Food Talks app enables menus to read out for visually impaired guests
The Good Food Talks app enables menus to read out for visually impaired guests
Oakman Inns & Restaurants has launched an app that reads menus to visually-impaired customers.

The pubco has teamed up with Good Food Talks​, an app that works on all models of smartphone and tablet and uses in-built accessibility features to read out menu items.

The app, which was first launched in restaurant chain Carluccios in October last year, aims to make dining out more dignified and equal for people living with sight loss, a condition which affects an estimated two million people.

Users enable location tracking on their phone so the name of the pub appears at the top of the list. Once clicked, the user can read the menu using their preferred method – a blind person can use the voiceover function which reads out the text, those with degeneration can change the print from white to black, while someone who forgets their reading glasses can use the zoom function.

The app is free for diners to use, while businesses pay a small annual subscription, which ensures that the menus are kept up to date.

App creator Matt Wadsworth told the PMA​: "Only 1% of people read Braille, as opposed to 70% that carry a smartphone in their pocket. We built a platform that allows people to already use a device that they’re familiar with.

"It’s great that Oakman Inns is enthusiastic. We’re also in talking to a few other pub chains."

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