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Disability Is Natural Books and Media

You can even make your own adapted utensils! Check your local hobby store for the plastic clay-like material you can bake. Form the clay around the handle of a typical metal fork, spoon, or knife; have the person who will use the utensil grip it (firmly, if possible, to make indentations), then follow the instructions and bake in the oven until it's hardened.

Kathie Snow 

Home, Sweet Home and Other Welcoming

Environments: ​In the Kitchen

People who don’t have disabilities modify their environments and use tools to make life better. People with disabilities may also need modifications in their environments and tools to make life better. This is one in a series of articles about ways to create accessible, friendly, and welcoming environments for all.

Gadgets, doo-dads, and whachamacallits for food, drink, and in the kitchen can be invaluable tools for many people with disabilities (and people who don’t have disabilities, too)! This installation of “Home, Sweet Home” features ideas that may be helpful for children and adults who have a variety of eating/drinking needs.

Straws (for drinks, soups, and semi-liquid foods) are a must for many. Disposable straws may be too flimsy, too short, and/or narrow, but a couple of different alternatives might do the trick. A flexible straw that is longer and with a wider circumference may be helpful for some folks. Check out the great long straws and cup holder made for “hands-free” drinking at www.hummingbirdsipper.com. Alternatively, you may be able to find longer, flexible straws in ordinary stores, packaged with a sports/travel cup. Even if you don’t need the cup, buy it for the straw! ​Click here to continue.