5 thoughts on “Excluded From the Table: Ableism in Restaurant Seating

  • August 16, 2018 at 7:03 am

    This is not an intersectional issue. It has nothing to do with race, class, or gender. Seating is only an issue due to your particular health issues. Businesses have to make reasonable accommodations, but customers also should have reasonable expectations.

  • August 16, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    I am also one who has a reasonable expectation that some seats will have backs. As someone who has had a # of car accidents (most as a passenger or hit from behind), I can tell you exactly what kind of seating most restaurants have.

  • August 17, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Thank you for a really good column. I am quite short, and so much of the
    seating applies to people with longer legs. I often carry a cushion for my
    back so that I don’t have to sit forward on the chair – the seating part is
    too long for me.

    • August 17, 2018 at 11:45 am

      I think it’s usually designed with a man of average (for European-American) height in mind. Imagine if they had to hunch in too-short seats all the time.

  • August 17, 2018 at 11:43 am

    I am quite short, and with a disk problem, I don’t always find comfortable seating.
    The seat part is too deep for me, and it’s better if I have a cushion behind my back
    to move me closer to the table. Also, it helps my feet to touch the floor.
    A high stool or a backless chair are awful, and help me to make decisions about
    eating in certain places.


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