Organizing Your Kitchen for a Visually Impaired Individual

The time has come to open your home – and, thus, your kitchen – to an individual with a visual impairment. This individual could be your child, your spouse, your parent, your grandparent, or a friend. He or she could be accustomed to life with a visual impairment or entirely new to the experience. Whatever the situation, you will need to take safety precautions in several spaces throughout your home. The kitchen is, perhaps, the most important of these spaces.

If your child faces a visual impairment, he or she will still need to be comfortable in a kitchen. Having the right organization from birth will help the learning process.

If an older relative or friend has a visual impairment, organizing your kitchen is the best way to encourage him or her to feel more comfortable in your home. These familiar spaces quickly become necessary as the individual learns the layout of your house.

Believe it or not, those with visual impairments are perfectly capable of cooking a meal, setting a table, and using recipes – as long as they have a familiar space to work in.

Let’s talk about some of the things you can do to help organize your kitchen for a visually impaired individual.

  1. Find a place for everything and keep everything in its place.

We’ve already stressed the importance of familiarity. You should keep this in mind as you organize your kitchen space. Develop a system that will be easy to remember. For example, you should assign specific drawers and cupboards to utensils, plates, bowls, cups, silverware, and other important cooking tools. You’ll also need to establish a system in your fridge, pantry, and spice cupboard. Think through the process with your eyes closed. What would you need to continue cooking? Lighthouse International has some great tips to help you through this process.

  1. Provide a complete and thorough tour.

As soon as your child is old enough – or your visually impaired roommate comes home for the first time – provide a complete and thorough tour of the kitchen. The longer he or she is able to practice with the room, the more familiar the space will become. There are few things more important than allowing a visually impaired individual to become acquainted with your kitchen. This is where he or she will obtain drinks, snacks, and meals, even when cooking isn’t involved.

You should also familiarize yourself with kitchen safety tips, especially if your child faces an impairment. Perkins Learning offers a directory with more information about cooking with a visual impairment.

  1. Focus on textures, not colors, by labeling with large print or braille.

Depending on the severity of his or her visual impairment, your roommate may not be able to recognize contrasting colors. This also depends on the brightness of your kitchen space. To be on the safe side, focus on labeling items with large print or braille. You can find unique labelmakers online that will help keep your kitchen organized and functional.

  1. Provide appliances that simplify the process.

Items like bread machines, slow cookers, kitchen mixers, and salad spinners make cooking much easier for individuals with a visual impairment. It isn’t offensive to make the process easier for your roommate – in fact, it can be incredibly helpful and encouraging.

  1. Record a variety of recipes.

If your roommate isn’t already familiar with several recipes – or your child is just beginning to learn how to cook – it might be beneficial to take the time to record a variety of recipes on a CD or MP3 player. Make these recipes readily available in your kitchen space.

These are just five of the many things you can do to organize your Kitchen for someone with a visual impairment. Keep in mind the most important thing throughout the process – organization is key. VisionAware recently published a useful article on the subject.

Educate yourself further and start establishing a system that works for your home.

Author: Jackie Waters
Ms. Waters is a mother of four boys and lives on a farm in Oregon. She is passionate about providing a healthy and happy home for her family, and aims to provide advice for others on how to do the same with her site
She has been inspired to do some home improvements lately to make it easier for her visually-impaired sister-in-law to navigate their house since she recently came to live with them.

A night of kindness and courage

Michael Perrino with VVC President  and co chair of the event June Scott
Michael Perrino with VVC President and co chair of the event June Scott
Michael Perino and Famiy
Family and courage matters

Visual Vitality Consulting Inc. was a proud sponsor of the Ain’t No Stopping Us Now Catastrophic Ilness Campaign in conjunction with Help Hope Live for Michael Perrino. He is a courageous young boy who brought out the best in friends and strangers on May 21,2016. Generosity abounded and a fun time was had by all. Our company President June Scott RN,ADAC co-hosted the event. It was a great opportunity to raise awareness of TAR Syndrome and Disabilities to the community.

National Association of the Deaf and Gogo LLC Agree to Make Closed Captions Available on In-Flight Entertainment Systems

Retrieved from National Association of the Deaf:

Deaf and hard of hearing airline passengers will soon have closed captioned, on-demand in-flight entertainment videos. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and Gogo LLC, the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, have reached a historic agreement for Gogo to make closed captioning available for 100 percent of programming content sourced by Gogo and streamed through its on-demand in-flight entertainment service, Gogo Vision.

This is the first agreement of its kind with an in-flight entertainment company, and is the result of the parties’ mutual intent to increase access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to movies and television that are viewed in flight on U.S. domestic flights. Passengers using their own personal Wi-Fi enabled devices can access a Gogo Vision server located on aircraft of certain airlines that contain an extensive library of movies and television shows.

Under the agreement, Gogo has now added technology that will enable customers to have the option to display closed captions for content with closed captions sourced by Gogo; Gogo has also begun sourcing new content with closed captions where available; and Gogo will replace all of its existing sourced content with content that has closed captions through a phase-in process that will be completed by June 30, 2017. All captions will be consistent with Federal Communications Commission standards for completeness, accuracy, synchronicity, and placement.

“This is a monumental step in making in-flight entertainment accessible to the 48 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States alone,” said Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the NAD, of the agreement. “Personalized in-flight entertainment has made air travel exciting again. The ability to access and watch an extensive library of movies or television shows helps pass the time on long flights. The NAD is thus thrilled by Gogo’s decision to make the in-flight entertainment experience equally accessible to deaf and hard of hearing passengers.”

“We are excited to work with NAD to offer Gogo Vision’s entire library of movies and TV sourced by Gogo to passengers who are deaf and hard of hearing,” said Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo’s chief commercial officer. “Watching movies on a passenger’s own device has become a very popular product for Gogo and we are excited to provide access to this product to the deaf and hard of hearing.”

“In-flight entertainment systems can be designed to accommodate captioning in a variety of ways similar to what is available on home television sets,” said Arlene Mayerson, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc.’s Directing Attorney, who represents the NAD. “Gogo’s actions and commitment demonstrate its dedication to providing accessible in-flight entertainment systems. DREDF urges other in-flight entertainment providers to follow Gogo’s pioneering example.”

“By seeking to ensure 100% closed captions on all of its streaming titles, Gogo has demonstrated that it is an industry leader, setting the standards for in-flight entertainment,” said Julie Wilensky, the Director of the California office of the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, which also represents the NAD.


National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. NAD represents the estimated 48 million Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing and is based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF)
Founded in 1979 by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national law and policy center based in Berkeley, California and is dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC)
The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) is a membership organization whose goal is ensuring that everyone can fully and independently participate in our nation’s civil life without discrimination based on race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. CREEC has offices in Denver, Colorado and Berkeley, California.