The first thing you'll be shown when you walk into Echoes Cafe in Satyaniketan, New Delhi is a card telling you you're being served by the differently abled. The entire waitstaff of the restaurant is comprised of individuals who are hearing and speaking impaired. The entire restaurant has been designed keeping this in mind. To call the waiter, customers just need to flip the switch next to their table. This turns on a bulb at the counter, telling the staff which table to attend to. Similarly, each dish on the menu card has a short code, and customers are given flash cards for basic communication with the staff. Echoes Cafe is the result of the efforts of founders Kshitij Behl and Shivansh Kanwar. They hope to continue providing a space for the differently abled, hiring them in more and more positions in the restuarant.
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