Earlier in the month, we looked at everyday accessible technology in the home, and we focused on the bedroom and the bathroom. To read that e-bulletin, click here(new window). Today, we’re going to look at some accessible products that could (or should) be found in one’s kitchen. The products that we are looking at today were recommended by our colleague Nakia Singh, who lives independently with very low vision. These products were chosen because they are safe and relatively easy to use, making them a good choice for individuals who require accessible kitchen tools.
When it comes to cooking, stoves can be tricky, especially for those who are in a wheelchair. Stoves are often too high off the ground to be used by those in a wheelchair, and for individuals with low vision, standard stoves are sometimes very difficult to read, especially with older analog units. A portable cook-top like the one linked above is a good alternative for a couple reasons. First, the temperate readings are digital with a large font that is much easier to read. Second, the cook-top is small and portable, so it can be easily moved to a lower surface, making it functional for those in wheelchairs.
For someone with mobility challenges, filling and operating a standard water purification system might be difficult. They tend to be heavy (especially when filled with water) and thus difficult to move. The ultralight purification system linked above is a good alternative, because it is light, portable, and most importantly, it filters out 99.9% of viruses.
Just like with stoves, microwaves are often placed in less than ideal areas, making them hard to reach for those with mobility challenges, and hard to read for those with vision challenges. This portable crock pot is a good alternative because it is small, light, and easy to transport and use.
For a person with a disability, chopping vegetables can be a difficult and potentially dangerous task. The clever cutter combines blade and cutting board into one safe, ergonomic tool which can be used for a variety of kitchen-oriented tasks. The device also features safety hinge which allows individuals to safely lock and store their blade.