A restaurant in Pune employs specially-abled persons to cater to its customers. The employees take orders from customers using sign language. The menu card here has a special sign for every food customers wish to order and to place the order customers can place the order with employees by showing them a sign for food they wish to order.
Sonam Kapse, owner of the restaurant quoted saying, “This is a socially conscious dining initiative and we have 20 hearing and speech impaired candidates working here." She also added "This initiative gives a platform for them to earn for themselves and aims to take hearing and visually impaired people to the fore and make them feel equal because usually they are always offered a job where they work to the back end and never offered a front line job. Usually, such people are employed for kitchen work,"
The customers are also giving positive reviews to the restaurant and are satisfied with the restaurant.
This concept is also there in Mumbai’s Juhu. Café Arpan Started by NGO Yash Charitable Trust, is run by differently abled people, taking inspiration from Café Puzzle in Manila Phillipines which employs autistic people. The same people had also started Mumbai’s first successful lunch box service in 2015, and this seemed as the most natural progression. Mirchi Mime is another café in Mumbai with same concept. Not only Delhi, Hyderabad, Raipur, Karnataka, Jaipur have cafes run by specially abled people.