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Somms with walking aids/disabilities

Hi everyone,

So, I'm taking my Level 2 in two weeks in Miami and I have a question.

Late last year, I suffered a bad knee injury that required surgery.. and unfortunately I did some permanent damage to my knee. As a result, I wear a giant metal brace on my left knee, and when I walk around in hard shoes, I have to walk with a cane.

My knee is still healing from surgery - the doc says Labor Day by the time it's really healed as far as it will go. I can walk normally with sneakers on most of the time, but obviously I can't wear sneakers in a restaurant environment.

I haven't served wine to anyone since the injury. Honestly, I've been too nervous and I don't know what to do. But, I have to pretty soon, so I was wondering if anyone knows Somms that require walking aids, and how they provide service to their guests.

Thank you!


  • Regarding the exam, you should reach out to Kathleen Lewis at the CMS. I would assume they would make any reasonable accommodation that you need.

    Beyond that,  might be familiar with the general topic. He has worked the floor for many years with a wheelchair and developed serving trays and other tools that work for him and he was able to pass the Masters level service exam.

  • Hello Mr.Gasman, 

    Thank you Geoff for the introduction. I am happy to talk to you at your earliest convenience. You can email me at 



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  • Thank you Geoff and Yannick! I've reached out to you on email Yannick, I have a couple questions. I found a good pair of dressy shoes that had some cushion on the bottom. I passed the Certified exam - I didn't have an issue carrying a tray or the champagne bucket. But after a few hours on my feet... ouch.