I hope you're all having a good Labor day weekend!
I wanted to share with you how difficult it is for me to see a menu, any type of menu. The ones up high behind the register, a regular menu, and especially a drive-thru or Starbucks menu. In all my years, I've never had a good experience ordering food or drinks...anywhere. I love to eat out, visit with my friends and catch up with my family over a good meal. I sooo love it! So, here's my story and I'm stickin' to it! LOL!
My entire life I've gone out to eat, special occasions, or just because, you name it. And fortunately, my family and friends feel the same. And when I was much younger, my family would always need to read the menu to me. I would typically have an idea of what I wanted, and my Mom or sisters would read me my options. But I always felt like a pest. So, I would generally stick to the same item every time, as I had written it down and kept a list in my wallet. LOL! They were always willing to help but I just felt bad asking.
But as I got older, and more independent and found my voice, I began to ask for a hard copy menu. And I began to ask the staff for assistance. And typically at a fast food restaurant, a lot of people behind the counter meant well, they really did. But saying, "you can get that, or that, with that sauce or cooked that way" all the while pointing at the menu like I can see what their referring to and what their pointing at. Uh-Nope! And at a sit down restaurant, with the box style menu, I just had to guess, order and hope I got it right.
But as technology got better and more mobile, so did my menu options. I waited so long to be able to order by myself and look at a menu. It all started for me when my mom gave me a monocular, and loved it! Ya, at first it was hard to get used to and have people look at it, but it was great.
Even though I loved and appreciated that monocular, and I still have it, it was hard to use with my cataracts. And then I learned about Freedom Scientific's low vision products and the rest is history. And when I first got a smart phone, it was soooo cool! I was able to look up the restaurant I was going to, look at the menu on my phone or ipad, save what I wanted and order all by myself! It was especially awesome at a drive-thru, because I've never been able to see a drive-thru menu. Ever! But now....it's pretty amazing!
So, if you too have difficulty seeing a menu or need some ideas and support, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below. I would be happy to help in any way I can or provide some resources.
Enjoy & Get Informed!
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