Accessible Kitchen Tools and Devices

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:

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