This July marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. According to the CDC more than 60 million Americans have a disability that impacts major life activities. (That’s more than 20% of the US population!)
Over the last few years, I’ve fallen out of the habit of inviting friends and family into our home to cook and eat with us. But lately, we’re starting to loosen up and do these things again, and it’s very important to me that everyone feel welcome and comfortable in our home. I got to wondering how I could make my own kitchen more inclusive and accessible for people with a broad range of physical and cognitive abilities.
Wheelchair use can create challenges with accessing above-counter cabinets and utilizing standard (36” high) countertops. Some possible solutions:
Neuromuscular differences can affect hand strength and dexterity, and sometimes cause difficulty with gripping and cutting. Lots of adaptive tools have been created to help with this, for example:
Impaired memory can make it difficult to sustain focus during multi-step tasks like cooking and baking. Consider:
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