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The Blind Kitchen

The Blind Kitchen is a resource where adaptive tools, helpful strategies, and specialized knowledge are provided to blind and visually impaired people who want to cook safely, confidently, and independently.

Debra Erickson, executive chef and founder of The Blind Kitchen invites you into The Blind Kitchen community where vision loss does not have to end your love of cooking. When faced with her own challenges of vision loss, she decided to advocate and help others to enjoy cooking. She stated, “you just need to learn the adaptive tools and techniques to work around your vision loss. I am a culinary school graduate and former cooking instructor for blind and visually impaired adults and I am excited to share what I have learned on my culinary journey!”

Use this resource as a guide

The Blind Kitchen is an excellent resource when developing ECC (Expanded Core Curriculum) skills for your child with a visual impairment. Safety while independently learning to navigate the kitchen are life long skills we hope that every child can obtain.

What is ECC?

Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) is used to define concepts and skills that often require specialized instruction with students who are blind or visually impaired to compensate for decreased opportunities to learn incidentally by observing. -TSBVI

This ECC skill would fall under the Independent Living Skill Activities.

This article is a great place to start if you never heard of ECC.

Teach reading, writing, math, & other skills from the Expanded Core Curriculum (independent living skills, social skills, O & M) to students who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind through cooking.

Teaching Literacy and Math Skills through Cooking article

Teaching literacy and math skills is an article that incorporate many skills into the fun and necessary skill of cooking.

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