With today being purple Tuesday, I thought it would be a good day to discuss what I have been invited to on Thursday evening, but first here is a bit about today 💜.
Purple Tuesday is a day that makes customer facing businesses more aware and is to inspire them to improve a disabled persons customer experience when shopping with them. By a company making just one positive change to their business for accessibility, it will create a wider audience and shows that they are an advocate for equality. Equality is so important so that everyone can feel accepted and catered for, so this leads me to the event I am attending Thursday.
Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2019
On Thursday, I have kindly been invited by NAB – my local sight loss support charity, to attend the Northamptonshire food and drinks awards ceremony, that will be taking place at the Royal and Derngate. This awards ceremony is to celebrate all that is great about local food and drink and recognising excellence within the culinary sector of Northamptonshire.
For the first time ever, NAB will be presenting the ‘Dining for all’ award and I will be with them to represent young people with vision loss in Northamptonshire. The ‘dining for all’ award will be presented to the venue from among the category finalists which excels in its service for those with sight and hearing difficulties. This award will enable the visually impaired, blind and deaf members of our society, to know exactly where they will be catered for when choosing to dine out. It’s for the eateries that went above and beyond to enable these people to have the best experience when choosing to eat out, an experience that should be as enjoyable as anybody else’s.
Things that were noted when deciding who should win this award were simple things like, is the menu available online to enable the visually impaired to browse and choose their meal beforehand using a screen reader? Staff explaining where the food is placed on their plate or where they’re drink is placed at the table? Staff asking how they can assist individuals with low vision or who are hard or hearing. Simple things that can make a big difference to that individuals dining experience.
So, make sure to follow my stories on Instagram on Thursday night to find out who won this fantastic award and to find out who goes above and beyond, to make all of our dining experiences as stress free as possible. I’m really excited to be a part of this amazing evening and especially excited to find out who wins the ‘dining for all’ award. I look forward to sharing the results with you all soon! And don’t worry, if you aren’t on Instagram as I will be writing a follow up blog post all about my evening after the event for anyone who is interested ♥️.