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Hungry? Use One of These Accessible Apps

Groceries
Shop online for groceries through InstaCart and get them delivered in about an hour. Download the app and sign up. Put in your zip code and it will show you the stores that are available in your area. Communicate with your shopper as they are shopping for you. Ahmat wrote: “I was so happy to have found this app while living on campus. I did not think that it was accessible, but decided to give it a try and found it to be fairly accessible. It might give you a bit of difficulty with adding items to your cart and removing them, but it is fairly accessible. Get the app here.

“It works great”, said Ahmat about the comprehensive 12-step guide to using Instacart our research turned up from Outlook Nebraska, a full-service agency and the “largest employer of blind and visually impaired people in a 7-state region”. They tout features such as availability on both iOS and Android, ability to schedule delivery days in advance, and writing notes to the personal shopper on, say, ripeness level of your produce order. Outlook Nebraska Instacart Guide.

For those signed up at Hadley.edu, there’s an excellent Tech It Out conversation on grocery delivery services Instacart, Sshipt and Amazon. One important hint from a caller for those who have difficulty with Instacart’s online ordering, “I found …the website to be quite cumbersome and the mobile app is okay but I find it also to be a little tricky. But they have a toll-free 1-800 number that you can call if you have a disability, and they will actually do the shopping for you.” You can sign up here. Then type in Grocery Delivery in the general search box (bottom right corner), and you’ll go directly to the conversation.

Takeout

DoorDash delivers food from restaurants near your location. If you are craving something to eat, just open the DoorDash app, find a restaurant and select from their menu. Ahmat found the application to be accessible, “but depending on how busy your city is, it may take them a bit longer to get to you”. Before you can use the app, you will need to download it and set up a payment method. Get it on the Apple appstore.

The final app for food delivery is Uber Eats. “Hungry? Find the food you crave and order from restaurants easily.” And chat with your delivery and track it on the app to know when they have arrived. This application is accessible with VoiceOver. Just type Uber Eats on the apple app store to get it.