[Ct-nfb] Fwd: [Nfb-krafters-korner] braille gift cards

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Thu Oct 3 15:31:02 UTC 2013

Joyce  Kane
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With Christmas coming up fast, I thought the below article  would be of 
interest to those who know of a blind friend/family  member  who love 

Starbucks to offer Braille gift  cards year-round

By Gregory Wallace  @CNNMoney October 2, 2013:  5:34 PM ET

A Braille gift card will become a regular at the  Starbucks registers, the 
company announced Wednesday.

The  card was introduced in September 2011, and has previously been 
in limited runs during October, which is designated as the disability  
employment awareness month. It will now be part of the chain's permanent  
gift card lineup.

On the face of the card is Braille  lettering that reads "Starbucks" to 
customers differentiate it from  the other cards in their wallets or purse.

The card was  originally introduced at the urging of disability advocates. 
Wednesday,  Starbucks said it was asked to offer the card year-round by a 
mother who  said her blind daughter appreciates the independence the card 
gives  her.

Kim Charlson of the Braille Authority of North America  said she was not 
aware of any other companies offering a Braille gift  card.

The Seattle-based chain has been the subject of several  disability-related 
lawsuits, including objections to the height of their  counters and the 
stores' hospitality towards deaf  individuals.

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