The Best Apps for the Blind and Visually Impaired – January 9, 2020
Menus4all.com was included in World Services for the Blind’s blog 2020 list of top 10 apps for folks with blindness and visual impairments. We are honored to be mentioned with the 9 other amazing products including:
Technology is offering so many new opportunities for people with a variety of disabilities, like no other time in history. We are excited to be a part of what we hope will be seen as just the beginning of an emancipation via technology revolution.
Blind & Beyond Radio Show - January 5, 2020
I lost my sight 13 years ago, just as I was preparing to return to work from maternity leave. My husband and I had so many plans at the time. Now that we’d had our third child, we were planning to buy a house. On top of that, I was finishing my prerequisites for pharmacy school. All of that perished with my sight.
I’d been super sick for a while. After 3 weeks of being unable to eat, I’d finally checked into the hospital. The doctors said it was postpartum depression, but I knew I wasn’t depressed. In fact, I was actually happier than I’d ever been in my life! But, they insisted.
Blind & Beyond Radio Show - December 1, 2019
Blind Abilities Podcast - October 25, 2019
Stephanie Jones joined Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to let us all know about Menus4ALL. A web based database of over 50,000 menus from over 12,000 cities across the states. Accessibility is as accessible as your screen reader on your smart phone, tablet or computer. If you use a refreshable braille device, then you are all set. Menus4ALL is ready anytime and anywhere.
From having heading navigation and categorical price ranges, one can actually just take a glance at the Menus4ALL menus or dig in deep and find out the full details of the Seafood Platter or what is in that Mystery Burger.
Check out Menus4ALL on the web and see what’s on the menus in your area.
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Contact Menus4ALL by email at Sales@menus4all.com
Thanks for listening.
Mom, we’re hungry! What’s for dinner?
Written by Stephanie Jones
It’s 6:30 PM and a typical night at my home. I’m on the computer trying to finish up emails and the children are starving. Well, of course, in today’s world, it makes sense for me to switch over from my mail to Safari so that I can log on to my favorite pizza delivery site and place my order.
Simple, convenient, but not assessable to someone who uses a screen reader so that counts me out. Simply because I lost my site 13 years ago, I’m stuck ordering pizza the old fashion way – waiting on hold for a board customer service agent to hurry me through the call and keep my fingers crossed that agent paid enough attention to me to actually get the order correctly. At the same time, I can’t use the wonderful coupon that was on the website promising a discounted pizza because I called in.
I know it doesn’t seem like much to complain about, but in a world of technology and all the great advances that technology brings, we are leaving out a large segment of the population. For the 30 million blind and visually impaired individuals in the United States, something as simple as online ordering can be a huge frustration, a very time-consuming activity, and keeps us behind in today’s ever-changing world. For me personally, the last thing I want is that my blindness keeps me from being a mother, living my life, and enjoying the many advancements that technology is constantly bringing. I am so grateful to a local start-up, Menus4ALL, that has given me access to restaurant menus not just in Memphis but will be launching with 50,000 restaurant menus across the nation in the next couple of weeks. I know it sounds like such a small thing, but being able to independently choose what I want to eat at a restaurant means that my blindness is a non-factor. I’m not sitting at the table being a burden to everyone, but I’m just another patron at the restaurant enjoying the experience.
I’m not sure why it’s even a question whether or not it’s legal to have a website be assessable to those who need to use it by other methods than traditional ones, but since it is, here’s something for businesses to consider. I have money in my pocket to spend as well. However, I cannot spend my money with a company that does not allow me access. For me and what I’m encouraging other blind and visually impaired individuals to do is choose companies that have accessible websites, choose restaurants that provide assessable menus, and show businesses the weight of the spending power 30 million blind and visually impaired individuals plus their friends and families.
If we can’t make websites assessable for moral or ethical reasons, think about the business that’s just lost. I would use your website to let you know how I feel, but I’m still stuck on hold for customer service.