Ask an Expert

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Latin expertus, past participle of experīrī to try, experience

Hello everyone:

Each month I will be responding to a question, chosen from a pool of some of the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue to be asked. A complete archive of "Ask an Expert" articles can be found here.

Donna Jodhan, a woman with short dark hair and glasses, sits at a table with a laptop in front of her.

This month, I'd like to answer the following question:

What makes a kitchen accessible?

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these thoughts.

You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and external costs and here's how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

Now as a sight loss coach I am helping consumers with sight loss to become more aware of their environment and their requirements and this is helping companies to have a better understanding of how they need to plan and execute their initiatives.

With a rapidly aging population and a growing market of persons with disabilities, the time is perfect for you to consider how to make a kitchen more accessible to these types of customers, consumers, and even to your family members and friends.

Here are some tips for you to think about:

  • Make sure that cupboards and cabinets are easy to access and reach. That handles and knobs are easy to grasp. That doors are in colours that are easy to identify and contrast.
  • Make sure that counter tops are easy to access and reach. That they are wide enough and not too cluttered. That their surfaces are skid proof.
  • Make sure that floors are skid proof. That it is easy to spot fallen objects and spills. Give consideration to using hard wood floors versus tiles.
  • Make sure that stoves, fridges, and other electronig gadgets are placed in areas that are easy to reach and access.
  • Make sure that the kitchen is well lit and bright enough so that those with low or poor vision can see their way around.

This should be a good start for you.

To contact me please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca!
I'm Donna J. Jodhan (sight loss coach and accessibility advisor)