[CnD] Question: what can the blind do in a restaurant?

Becky McCullough misscoffee at neb.rr.com
Fri Dec 4 12:38:01 EST 2015

Hi John,
I think that the Randolph Shepherd program is a good idea.
I've never been in the program or owned a restaurant, but now that I am 
older, I do like to cook.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Diakogeorgiou via Cookinginthedark" 
<cookinginthedark at acbradio.org>
To: <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org>; "Parham Doustdar" <parham90 at gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2015 8:52 AM
Subject: Re: [CnD] Question: what can the blind do in a restaurant?

>I want to start by disagreeing with you regarding how we need to
> learn. I taught myself how to cook when I was  nine or ten years old.
> I don't agree with you in that blind people need to be taught a bit at
> a time.
> Depending on the type of restaurant, their is lots your wife can do.
> For example she can work on the line. Depending on her sight I am not
> sure that running the grill would be the best idea. She can also do a
> lot of the food prep.
> Their is nothing stopping her from owning a restaurant. The only
> reason I haven't done it is that I don't want to work that many hours.
> She would need to find employees that she can really trust. That is
> probably the hardest part of running this type of business. It is even
> more important for a blind person since their are things we can't see
> such as cleanliness, Whether people are stealing from us, and how well
> staff are performing.
> She may also want to consider joining the Randolf Shepard program in
> your State if it is run well.
> On 12/4/15, Parham Doustdar via Cookinginthedark
> <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> As a programmer, I started programming before I even knew my
>> limitations. I didn't know what the blind can and cannot do when it
>> comes to programming, and I frankly didn't care: programming was fun and
>> I did it, and that was all that mattered.
>> However, when it comes to food-related stuff, for most stuff, you need
>> to get training, and you need to know what you can do better than
>> others, and what you're not so good at, and what you definitely cannot
>> do, so that you can do what is called "targeted learning", where you
>> slim down what you're going to learn to what you will absolutely need,
>> and go for them.
>> My spouse who is completely blind likes to one day own a restaurant.
>> Even if she doesn't achieve this goal, she enjoys reading about food,
>> learning how to cook, and so on. I've read that there are blind
>> restaurant owners and chefs and so on, and this email is for those 
>> people.
>> Since you guys are much more experienced at this than I am, can you help
>> her decide what to learn? What positions in a restaurant are
>> blind-friendly, to coin a term?
>> Best,
>> Parham
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