“I felt I’d been used just to tick an inclusion box and was angry that I was prevented from showing that disabled cooks are winners.”
Aimed at kids and adults alike, the smiley-faced kitchen tools make it easy and enjoyable for everyone to lend a hand at mealtime.
But there are over 38 million Americans with severe physical disabilities, and not everyone is a Master Chef. So how does the rest of this population find ways to navigate the kitchen?
Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.