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

Gerry Leary lgerry3 at q.com
Sat Dec 5 09:13:01 EST 2015


Hello, I am Gerry Leary. I own the unseen bean coffee shop. It has two locations. I roast all of the coffee for it. I can do most tasks in the coffee shops well, and a few tasks clumsily. The tasks that I do clumsily or ones that I don't do often and haven't learned well. I do come from a handy background, because I was car mechanic for 40  years. I have been blind since birth, and have no idea what vision is. The tasks that are difficult for me to do in a coffee shop or things like spreading things on bread smoothly picking up only one slice of Finley sliced meat. I do these things with food gloves on because a it is a requirement, and be it gives the people confidence in the cleanliness of our shops.

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> On Dec 5, 2015, at 6:24 AM, Mike and Jenna via Cookinginthedark <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org> wrote:
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> Hi,
> 
> I woulk in the restaurant filed. I find that their really isn't much she can not do. I found the only thing for me was decorating cakes and stuff.
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> From: Parham Doustdar via Cookinginthedark [mailto:cookinginthedark at acbradio.org] 
> Sent: Friday, December 4, 2015 5:11 AM
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> Subject: [CnD] Question: what can the blind do in a restaurant?
> 
> 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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> http://acbradio.org/mailman/listinfo/cookinginthedark I am using Siri to dictate this, so it may be a little rough. Anyway the tasks that I find difficult I don't do often, but they haven't gotten easier. As I work in the industry and experiment yes somethings to get much easier. But things like latte art I haven't done yet. Some of the tasks in a restaurant can be easier, if you use equipment that blind people can control. Our use a cash register program that works on an iPad and it works quite well with voiceover. It also has a really good back office that you get to online that can give you all of the reports. I do have a little difficulty working with her talking scale, because there isn't a good one that can do what I needed to do. So that task I leave for others most of the time. I do have a scale that talks, but it is not trade legal so I can't custom way anything. Also I may have a little trouble with presentation when I'm putting things on our plate, because I don't necessarily know The way that it might look the best. So, other people and assist me with that. When our coffee shop is really really busy, I generally stay away from the backside of the counter. I can be more productive talking to people about how blind people roast coffee, what kind of adaptations we had to make in the equipment so that I could use it, and anything about the rest of the difficulties of being in the restaurant I would say, the most difficult part about being a blind business person is all of the paperwork necessary to carry it out. The accounting the taxes the invoicing the receiving the shipping and anything else that you might think of that song for you druther really needs a pair of eyes to make it an efficient process. Therefore a lot of that work I have to buy. So in some ways it cost me more as a blind person however, there are sighted people out there that just can't add 2+17-5 because it just isn't something that they like to do there are sighted people out there that don't even know what a screwdriver does. They just don't have it in them, or they don't have the interest. So we're not really any worse off as blind people. In my case I have to pay bookkeepers accountants secretaries readers drivers and people to assist me in many of the restaurant processes. Four instance I can function well if I label all of the bottles in the refrigerator. I can function well if I label all of the meat containers. That way I don't have to touch the insides of the container or smell the bottle or take a taste for my glass. I can function well with the cash register once I'm used to how it works. The one in my secondary store which I'm at every day, is set up a little differently, and doesn't have as many items on it. If you wish I would talk on the phone or through Skype as long as you want, and you feel free to ask any questions that you wish. I have had my coffee company since 2003.


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