Do you believe in coincidences?
In early February, I received a call at work from a McDonald’s franchisee in Morganton, North Carolina asking about our OrderAssist system to make drive thrus accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing community. Then about a week later, I received a call from a teacher at the North Carolina School for the Deaf also in Morganton, North Carolina. This teacher, Rene told me that she teaches a unique class of students and that they were interested in making their town more “deaf friendly”. They had seen a video that our company had posted several years ago and it prompted them to contact me.
Rather than just send information to the students via email or snail mail, I suggested that maybe it would make more sense to come and see them in person. So I asked my mom, Brigid to join me and we took off on a Thursday morning and flew to Morganton. We had dinner that evening with the 5 students, Ms Skelton and the Principal. The following morning I gave a presentation to the entire school about our efforts to make drive thrus accessible in North America. Heather Joyner and the 5 students ended up joining me on stage to share the news that Heather was going to install our OrderAssist at two of their locations. After the presentation, a small group of us went over to McDonald’s and installed the system together.
It takes good people:
Heather and Patrick Joyner, the owners of this McDonald’s are wonderful people. Their business is very impressive. They have been hiring people with disabilities for a long time and make it a priority.
After this nice, long day, we say down and just talked about what happened – check it out…
28 Million People are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (10% of US population)
- 2 Million Deaf
- 26 Million Hard of Hearing
To see how OrderAssist works watch this news story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PUyRd5xEcM
Here is the survey that we took as a company in 2004 FINAL_Report_Re_Drive_Thrus_2004
To find other locations with OrderAssist – www.deafdrivethru.com
I hope these students realized that they can truly impact the world – they just impacted ours!