by: Carmen Willings
Updated April 7, 2020
There are many simple adaptations that can be made to a kitchen to allow individuals who are blind or have low vision to access it.
Kitchen Materials & Storage
Adapt the Stove, Oven & Microwave
If your family member has usable vision, they could use magnifiers to discriminate food items. For those who don't have usable vision, braille labels can be applied or textured tape. Another option is to use rubber bands to attach braille/texture labels to packages.
Food Preparation Tips
Determine if Food is Done
Making Picture Recipes, available from APH, provides cooking instruction for students with low vision, nonreaders, and beginning readers. It includes bold-line, simplified illustrations of common foods and ingredients, cooking equipment, and cooking processes on 3 1/2 x 4 inch cards.
Bump Ons are clear bumps that can be used to provide a tactual marker to oven dials, microwaves, washing machines, dryers and more.
A Talking Food Thermometer announces the temperature and also has a digital display.
AbleSee Large Print Overlays are in inexpensive way to increase button sizes on the microwave, washing machine, cryer or throughout the kitchen. These stickers are great for people with low vision. Similar labels can be brailled for brailler readers,
A Talking Digital Food Scale announces the weight of food and is ideal for students who are blind or visually impaired.
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