A key component of independent living skills is the ability to work in the kitchen and to clean up after a meal. Being able to wash dishes is an important skill, whether an individual plans to live alone or in a group setting. For students with vision impairments, learning to load a dishwasher is one component of washing dishes that can be easily learned with some instruction. This is a task that does not require significant visual skills to complete, so few modifications will need to be made in order to make the task accessible. This is a task that can help build independence and can help prepare students for transitions to adult life. Learning to use a dishwasher can also be an important transferrable skill for entry-level employment opportunities in food service settings. Families who have a dishwasher in their home can easily work on this skill with a child with a vision impairment, and this can be a valuable way that she or he can contribute to responsibilities of the family while also learning key transition skills.
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