Cooking with A Disability – Kitchen Equipment

Hello, everyone!!  Last week, I wrote a post about cooking with a disability.  In it I highlighted cooking tips.  This post will be a continuation of highlighting that of some kitchen equipment persons with disabilities can use to get around their kitchen.  As well, as prepare meals.

The list is as follows:

Braille Measuring Cups

braille measuring cups

Braille and tactile measuring cups help the visually impaired cook to create recipes that require extreme accuracy.  The labels are raised and on the handles of the cups in both braille and regular numbering.

Cutting board with Pivotal Knife 

cutting20board20with20pivot20knife20pop20upA cutting board with an attached, pivoting knife can keep the cook safe as he creates mounds of perfectly diced vegetables.


Lowered Sink and Counters        

  Vaaccessiblecountersnsinkrying the counter height will make the kitchen an easier place for individuals with handicaps, taller adults and shorter children to work in.  A wheelchair accessible sink should be shallow, only 5″ to 6 1/2″ deep. which allows the cook to sit or stand while working. The faucet should be a loop or single lever for easy operation.  Locate the sink’s drain at the rear to keep the knee space clear. Insulate the hot water pipes in the open area under the sink to prevent burns.

Lower Cabinets

7fb1a6d8050327c1_0173-w251-h251-b0-p0--rustic-kitchenLowering the wall cabinets from the standard 18″ above the counter to 15″ will make the second shelf accessible for everyday use for most people. For a person in a wheelchair to be able to use a stovetop and a sink, a recessed area must be provided underneath and the counter height must be no higher than 34″.

Lowered Cooktops and Ovens


For a wheelchair user, you want to lower or install the wall oven and microwave so they are approximately 31″ from the floor. Install an electric cook top unit with staggered burners and mount the controls on the top front or below the unit to eliminate reaching across hot burners.    For a range, look for a slanted control panel with recessed control knobs that are easy to hold and to turn. Front positioning of knobs and control panel signal lights will make the range easier and safer for those in wheelchairs. If possible, make the oven accessible from either side or search out an oven with a side-hinged door.


*These are just a few things there will be more added at a later date.  All of the information for these were found at  Accessible Lifestyle .*



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