These websites are just some among the many that specialize in cooking products for people with disabilities.
For cooks with any disability (general tools):
- The Wright Stuff also offers generally adaptive kitchen tools.
- Allegro Medical has a list of cooking aids.
- Disabled World has gives descriptions about and links to different kitchen aids, such as jar and bottle openers and easy-to-use utensils.
- Independent Living Aids, LLC offers cooking accessories, baking gadgets, and multi-purpose items.
- The blog post from Apostrophe Magazine entitled “Not Your Grandma’s Kitchen” has information on adaptability in the kitchen for people with a wide range of disabilities.
- There are many videos on Youtube that can be useful for cooks with disabilities, such as this one that shows an adaptive cooking class.
- The University of Washington’s SCI Forum features a video and long list of tips and tools for cooks with spinal cord injuries.
- “The Kitchn,” details good strategies and tools for cooking with a physical disability.
- “The Disabled Foodie” rates restaurants in NYC and beyond in terms of accessibility.
- “Crip Confessions” has a section on cooking entitled “A Taste of My #Crip Cooking,” in which the blogger offers fun commentary and several tips about accessible cooking and recipes.
- Our resident kitchen safety whiz recommends using a food processor for shredding and slicing jobs. It is much safer than handling knives and will evenly cut your food, which is imperative for cooking anything.
- For cooks who experience discomfort from standing for long periods of time, he also recommends investing in a “chef’s mat,” which is a soft, rubbery mat that can be moved around wherever you’re working. It’s a joint-saver, back-saver, and knee-saver and also easy to clean.
For one-handed cooks:
- The Wright Stuff also offers equipment for people who cook one-handed.
- This video on Youtube shows a woman who has injured her wrist and uses one hand and some adaptive tools to navigate the kitchen.
- The Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA) website includes a portion on adaptive tools.
- Blog-writer, Marcelle had a stroke, uses one hand for cooking, and shares information about accessibility in the kitchen and adaptive cooking utensils. Visit her blog, Up Stroke, to learn more.
- On a site called Engineering at Home, a woman named Cindy shares the adaptive tools that help her live an independent life, even with limited dexterity in both her hands.
For cooks who are blind or low-vision:
- Cooking in the Dark is an ACB radio show with two blind hosts who cook a meal or two per show.
- Blind Mice Mart is an online resource for kitchen tools specifically designed for cooks with visual impairments; one of the hosts on Cooking in the Dark uses this resource often.
- Braille Bookstore is another online resource where you can find kitchen tools specifically designed for cooks with visual impairments.
- This NPR article is about Christina Ha, a blind contestant on the show “MasterChef.” In this BBC article, she offers her own tips for navigating the kitchen while blind.
- The National Federation for the Blind offers a document entitled “Suggestions for the Blind Cook.”
- Perkins Scout has a website with several links about making the kitchen accessible and safe for people who are blind.
- Infinitec.org gives readers a long list of kitchen devices that are helpful for people with disabilities, including some devices that are particularly helpful for blind and low-vision people.
- The North Carolina Rehabilitation Center for the Blind has a helpful list of adaptive tools via googledocs.
- Foodie4Access has an article about the show “Cooking for the Blind,” and here is a link to a video of episode number six of the show itself.