Going Out to Eat

By Charlotte Cushman on Oct 02, 2014

Going out to a restaurant is an enjoyable activity and a chance to engage in the community.  This experience offers the opportunity to work on many skill areas in the expanded core curriculum, while also having fun.


  1. Travel to the restaurant.
  2. Plan what to order, using a braille, large print, or picture menu, if possible.
  3. Students should determine if they have the necessary amount of money for the item(s) they wish to order.
  4. Place the order.  Stress the importance of patience and good manners when addressing the server.
  5. Some students may prefer to eat without an adult present. 
  6. Students should calculate the tip, with assistance, as necessary.
  7. Students pay the bill, determining the correct amount of money needed.
  8. Return to school.


  • Invite students to write about their restaurant experience.  Use this as an opportunity to practice literacy skills by writing restaurant reviews, emailing a friend or family member about the meal, or keeping a food journal.
  • Encourage the students to be as independent as possible in planning and experiencing the outing.

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Total Life Learning by Wendy Bridgeo,‎ Beth Caruso,‎ & Mary Zatta

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The Total Life Learning curriculum was developed for students ages 3 to 22 who are blind, visually impaired including those students who have additional disabilities or are deafblind. The focus is on the development of life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.