Lovely Restaurant Experience Tonight

Surprisingly, one of the most memorable experiences I have had in any restaurant happened tonight.

I was on a regular midweek restaurant visit. I was ready to head for my vacation after packing all my bags, and just wanted to meet my friends before leaving.

I visited this place where my friend works; it is the first time I dined here because of the price tag it has, just like any other fine dining restaurant.

However, I wanted to start my vacation put some happy note and I told myself, why not? I am really glad that I had taken that decision.

All of us should experience the atmosphere of a fine dining restaurant at least once in a lifetime as the exceptional memory it carries is priceless. After reaching, I got a complimentary valet parking. A nice way to start indeed. The restaurant has a nice floral smell and friendly hostess. They politely asked me whether I had any reservations. My partner drives me around and takes care of me, so moving isn’t much of an issue. Since my friend worked there, they knew I would come in a wheelchair, and gave us the largest table with plenty of space. Four people in a table of ten, during the rush hours – it just showed they cared.

As I was visiting one of my friends who is one of the employees of the restaurant, I told them that I do not have any reservations. The luxury Ambience of the restaurant is just amazing. High ceilings contain bright chandeliers, and natural light is keeping inside a restaurant in an amazing way combining with the artificial ones.

The overall atmosphere of the restaurant is beautiful. There is also Food bar inside the restaurant. You can also observe the activities inside the kitchen, a great place to visualise your foods getting prepared.

As a first time guest at the restaurant, I got a complimentary appetizer. I received a sake Martini with my tuna roll. The spicy roll was awesome. Then I opt for the crab cake, one of my favourites and the presentation and taste of the dish was mouthwatering. Every bite was melting in my mouth.

After that, they changed my dining sets, and I found hard to control my excitement when I saw the rice noodles arriving with a tropical spritzer. The hot stream was rising from my plate with an inviting smell of mushrooms and soy sauce. The noodles were so soft and tasty. I remain mesmerized with the heavenly experienced.

The dining experience was so stunning with exclusive service and well-executed dishes. It created a warm memory for me before going for the long trip. Everyone should treat them with a fine dining experience for their memories, and the restaurant just served me that.

What I really loved though, was their personal touch. They went out of their way to make me feel comfortable, and they asked me what I needed regularly. I have seen even waiters at other places trying to talk to my partner and avoid me, so yes, it is something that made me feel ‘normal’.

And I am sure most of my other disabled friends would agree, that actually is a big deal.

Having a Ramp Out Front Isn’t All I Need

Ever noticed that beautiful ramp created outside important buildings to facilitate entry to people with disabilities? It’s also how we get into buses, and it doesn’t take long.

Sure, it’s great. It does make things more accessible for me. But here is my question – is it the only thing I need?

We often remain so ignorant about the need of a person with certain disabilities, a reason we are a population without a voice.

Perhaps, sometimes, people need to listen to other voices. Voices that speak of their problems. Voices that tell what that person feels wrong. And voices that think about their problems. If we did a little more of that instead of just looking at our own problems, perhaps the world would be a better place.

We are now above 25 years beyond the path of ADA (the Americans with Disabilities Act) – which got passed in 1990. And yet, how far or how little have we come?

The Need to Look at the Real Problems

We currently need to move beyond the wheelchair ramp while access to ADA still not all as it should be. Now the time has come we start listening to those people who are living with disabilities. They are living as a complete human being just like others the people with abilities.

What is your perception of disability? It is not easy to always answer this simple question. There are individuals living with the laws of expected physiological function or form and impairments. An individual without a lake or a person with incorrectly developed optic nerve or an individual who sustained a severe brain injury all have some form of disabilities.

A disability may be referred as the consequences of the following impairments: memory issues, blindness, and the loss of walking. On the other hand, handicap means the social disadvantage that results from an impairment.

Still, we fail to talk, take responsibility and act for individuals with disabilities. It’s not that we need pity – no. Instead, all we want is understanding. We want you to know that we still enjoy life, and still yearn to live. And for all of it, we need a society which is disabled friendly.

When we talk or communicate with people having a disability we fail to show them enough compassion.

Did you know that many disabled people are killed by none other but their parents? It’s a disturbing trend, and it happens because people around us do not seem to accept us as their own.

Or did you know that it’s difficult to do even the simplest of things you feel privileged for – like education? If we cannot cook or walk, educational institutions may not give us admissions simply because they do not want to be ‘overburdened’.

Oh, let us suppose that I did manage to get my college degree. What after that? Who would give a job to a disabled? The number of jobs for disabled people is really marginal compared to their population, and even if they can do work, it’s difficult to find an employer willing to take them on. I cannot work for instance, but I can use my hands – and yet, no matter which job I went to, I was refused – for a long time.

It’s time to change how you perceive people with disabilities. Think of us as your own, and only then can things change.