Side-Image.PNG1.  Use Google Maps. Many restaurants list if there is a wheelchair accessible entrance, wheelchair accessible bathroom, and even an accessible parking lot.

2.  Use Yelp. You can also use street view or look at photos on Yelp to see if there are steps or a ramp at the entrance. Some restaurants will have “virtual walk-through” available, and you can use that familiar with the layout.

3.  If making a reservation, be specific. Express whether you’d like a booth or a table, and request that a chair be removed from the table before you arrive. 

4.  Want some time out of your chair? Transfer into a booth and have someone store your wheelchair out of the way.

5.  Be clear about your needs with the staff.  For example, if you have limited hand function, you can ask your server to have the kitchen cut up your meal before bringing it out.
Jillian Harpin, Senior Financial Analyst


Jillian Harpin, Senior Financial Analyst

Jillian Harpin is a finance professional with a degree from Bentley University. In 2016, she fell from a balcony and sustained a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the waist down at 23 years old. She has spent the last four years participating in adaptive sports, from surfing to monoskiing, and was featured in People’s Magazine after competing in a 5K obstacle course race using an offroad wheelchair. She has a passion for mentoring those who are newly injured and helping them get active and back to living their life again.