Thursday, August 18, 2016

It's a challenge: When the plate is too full

This is often a problem whenever someone offers to fetch a plate of food for me, either at a buffet or at any other function.

If the plate is too full then I need to be very careful when navigating around my plate.  I need to make sure that food does not fall off the edge of the plate.

Yes, it is like this for anyone, sighted or not, but for someone who is visually impaired the need is even more acute.  When you are unable to see what is on your plate and you know that your plate is a bit too full then you need to be very sure as to how to navigate and ensure that you do not lose any food.

So, how do I deal with this?  I am very careful.  I start at the edge of the plate and work my way inwards.  I try to determine where the larger pieces are as opposed to the smaller pieces.  Then I make my decision as to which I would choose to eat first.  

If the larger pieces are more towards the edge then I would probably take these first.  I would gingerly tackle the larger pieces and do my best not to disturb any of the pieces further inside.  If I make a slip then be sure to know that things could simply go scurrying across my plate and off the opposite edge.  So it is all a matter of making sure that I am careful and methodical.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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