Cooking and Kitchen Safety

This section is full of practical tips to make cooking and meal preparation safe and easy for people with blindness or visual impairments. Information covers the full range of activities: grocery shopping, kitchen accommodations, selection of appliances, and techniques for measuring, pouring, and cooking.
 
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Kitchen Organization, Food Preparation, and Cooking

Lighthouse International
Practical advice for organizing the kitchen, using appliances, pouring liquids, cooking, and setting the table; includes links to demonstration videos and online classes.
 
VisionAware
Practical suggestions for seniors address grocery shopping, setting the table, safety, serving food, and eating out; includes a video on kitchen activities.
 
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Helpful hints for cooking and getting organized in the kitchen.
 
Fred's Head blog, American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Michael McCarty shares tips for cooking with a crock-pot or slow cooker.
 
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
Practical tips for safety and independence in the kitchen.
 
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
These videos offer simple but helpful tips to make kitchen work and mealtime a lot easier.  They include:  Marking a microwave, Marking a stove, Mealtime tips, and Organizing items in the kitchen.
 
Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind
Independent Living Specialist Ben Chamberlin shares teaching techniques for meal preparation skills for students who are visually impaired with or without additional disabilities.
 
Vision Australia
Features to look for when selecting a microwave for a user who is blind or visually impaired.
 
Vision Australia
Strategies for pouring liquids neatly and safely.
 
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Simple techniques and precautions to make kitchen tasks safer and easier; available in English and Spanish.
 
Iowa Department for the Blind
Suggestions for baking and using the stove top.
 
VisionAware
Kitchen organization ideas and simple steps for streamlining kitchen chores, written with seniors in mind.
 
Home Advice Guide
Tips for parents to promote safety in the kitchen with children who have a visual impairment, hearing loss or mobility challenges.
 
WonderBaby.org
Ideas for making cooking accessible accompanied by a simple recipe and a video of a brother and sister (both visually impaired) making cookies independently.
 
Thomas Marshall Does it All
Tips for kid-friendly recipes and making the kitchen accessible for kids who are visually impaired.
 
Accessible Media Inc.
MasterChef winner Christine Ha and Top Chef Canada champ Carl Heinrich have created this cooking series, produced by Varner Productions Limited, that features chefs with visual impairments.