A Kitchen for Disabled People

Disabled people are people with disability – an impairment that may be cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, sensory, or some combination of these which – affects the person’s life activities. The types of disabilities are: vision impairment, deaf, mental health conditions, acquired brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual and physical disability.

In a house, the kitchen is perhaps the most important place because humans must eat three times a day. And as social creatures, the kitchen plays an important role for whenever we have family and friends in our home.

locating a kitchen for easy access

locating a kitchen for easy access

For disabled people, a normal house is most likely not suitable. The most common disability is leg impairment, which would mean they are required to use a wheelchair. A normal house with a normal door and a normal-sized kitchen would be impractical for them. They wouldn’t even be able to go through the narrow door with a wheelchair let alone rotate their way around a slim kitchen hallway.

So how to design a kitchen for disabled people?

kitchen lay out for disabled people

kitchen lay out for disabled people

Remember: A kitchen must have enough spaces for people to move around to prepare food, wash dishes, and stock the storage facilities.

A kitchen specifically for disabled people using wheelchairs must have their bench-tops, tables, counter, kitchen sink, storage cabinets, etc. lower than average.

A kitchen specifically for disabled people with vision impairment should use contrasting colors to define facilities, so the disabled person can tell which is the kitchen sink, the stove, the storage, etc.

A kitchen specifically for disabled people who are elderlies must place the cupboards on the lines of a grown up’s waist because elder people have difficulties reaching up or bending down.

For disabled people who are deaf, has mental health conditions, acquired brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, or intellectual disability, the kitchen may not need to be changed or renovated because a normal kitchen is practical enough for them. Though, as always, maintain caution in regards to the stove and knives.

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  • The Buildings for Disabled People | i-deaHOUSE May 20, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    […] Kitchen for disabled people To allow disabled people to use the kitchen there must be ergonomic planning—the arrangement of the storage, preparation, cooking and washing areas should be convenient and streamlined. The cooker, main work surface and taps should be placed as close together as possible. […]

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