Calgary’s Dandy Brewing Company gets it. Their soon-to-open brew pub was designed in consultation with a local accessibility consulting firm, to build a space that was warm, welcoming, and barrier-free.
The craft brewer followed the recommendations of Calgary accessibility consultants Universal Access to make the space not just accessible but stylish too. The recommendations, says the pub’s owner, were easy to adopt; things like setting the bar at the right height for wheelchair users, slightly lowered tables, and glassware with easy-to-grip handles.
This company’s decision to think about accessibility is a great example of the new way that business is thinking about people with disabilities: as an untapped, badly under-served market, with money to spend, and the same basic wants as any consumer: good service, good food, comfortable travel, and a good time on a Friday night.
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