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Creating Inclusive Restaurants Through Sensory Experience Design

Inclusive restaurants are not just places to dine. They are one of the most important places to socialize and spend some quality time with our friends and family. However, there are times that this experience turns sour.  It is not an unknown experience for many  to go to a restaurant/café and find it difficult to carry on a conversation due to excessive noise. The restaurant environment often significantly impacts our dining experience.  The effects of sensory elements in the restaurant environment can be magnified for people with different abilities, age and other forms of human differences. Why is it important to create inclusive restaurants? One of the challenges that restaurants are facing is a demographic shift to an older population and mismatch between the needs of their clientele and design of the restaurants. In Canada, baby boomers (born between 1946-1965) reach the age of 65 between 2011-2030. It is…