The End For Menus4All App

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A popular app that made it easier for blind restaurant patrons to access menus has announced its decision to close.

Menus4All was developed as a tool to provide accessible restaurant menus for the blind and visually impaired community. The app, which was available in the United States and Canada, offered menus from a variety of restaurants, ranging from fast food to fine dining. This included well-known brands like Applebee’s, Starbucks, and Taco Bell.

The app was designed to be highly accessible, supporting features such as VoiceOver, and was available on iOS devices. It operated on a subscription model, with a monthly fee of $2.99, and also offered a 14-day free trial. Despite its utility, the app faced challenges, particularly around its subscription model. Some users expressed disappointment that the app was not free or suggested that a one-time payment model would be more appropriate. There were also suggestions for expanding its database to include menus from other countries.

Menus4All was not just an app for accessing restaurant menus but also represented an effort to empower individuals with vision impairments to have a more independent dining experience. The app’s closure marks the end of a service that was unique in its field, aiming to enhance accessibility and independence for its users.

A statement was published on the Menus4All website and has been read aloud for listeners by Double Tap’s Laura Kirker.

The app will be available until the end of February and its creators have recommended that subscribers should cancel their subs now, as all payments are managed through Apple’s App Store.