Describing the Location of Plated Food

A very easy way to assist the blind or visually impaired with locating food on their plates is to use the clock face as a descriptive example.

Analogue clock face

Important markers would be the numbers 12, 3, 6 and 9 and those are the positions where you should serve food on a plate or the positions you can use as a descriptive marker.

Picture of plate with fish to the right, vegetables and rice to the left and a lemon below them

Let’s use the above picture as an example. Pictured is fish to the right, rice and vegetables to the left and a lemon below them. By using the example of the clock, we would say the fish is at 3 o’clock, the rice and vegetables are at 9 o’clock and the lemon is at 6 o’clock.

Picture of clock face over photo of fish, vegetables and rice and lemon

By using this, the person can then have an idea where on the plate their food is located. You can also just say the fish is located on the right, but this way is a lot more fun and you can also incorporate them both.

For example, if the fish is at 3 o clock and corn is next to the fish, just say "the fish is at 3 o’clock and the corn is to the right of it".

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