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.

Practical advice for organizing the kitchen, using appliances, pouring liquids, cooking, and setting the table; includes links to demonstration videos and online classes.

Source: Lighthouse International

Practical suggestions for seniors address grocery shopping, setting the table, safety, serving food, and eating out; includes a video on kitchen activities.

Source: VisionAware

Michael McCarty shares tips for cooking with a crock-pot or slow cooker.

Source: Fred's Head blog, American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Practical tips for safety and independence in the kitchen.

Source: Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

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.

Source: Accessible Media Inc.

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.

Source: Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

Tips for parents to promote safety in the kitchen with children who have a visual impairment, hearing loss or mobility challenges.

Source: Home Advice Guide

Ideas for making cooking accessible accompanied by a simple recipe and a video of a brother and sister (both visually impaired) making cookies independently.

Source: Wonder Baby

Independent Living Specialist Ben Chamberlin shares teaching techniques for meal preparation skills for students who are visually impaired with or without additional disabilities.

Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind

Helpful hints for cooking and getting organized in the kitchen.

Source: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Features to look for when selecting a microwave for a user who is blind or visually impaired.

Source: Vision Australia

Strategies for pouring liquids neatly and safely.

Source: Vision Australia

Simple techniques and precautions to make kitchen tasks safer and easier; available in English and Spanish.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Suggestions for baking and using the stove top.

Source: Iowa Department for the Blind

Kitchen organization ideas and simple steps for streamlining kitchen chores, written with seniors in mind.

Source: VisionAware