Golfers are renowned for their gourmet tastes at the top end of things, and disabled golfers are no different. After a challenging day on the links, it is a real pleasure to sit down to an elegant repast, perhaps, accompanied by a glass of vino or a sparkling ale. Three to four hours physically and mentally concentrating on the fairways and greens demands some nutritious refuelling. Perhaps, for the disabled golfer it is, even more, challenging. Golf, however, is a great leveller, and in this game everybody has a handicap. What about cooking at home?
Kitchen Modifications for Disabled Cooks
I have always considered the traditional wheelchair to be poorly designed. Sure, it can provide locomotion and a place to sit. It does, however, immediately place the occupant far beneath the eye line of a standing human being. I would like to see wheelchairs that are more than just mobile chairs. A device that could lift up the occupant, so that he or she could carry on a conversation on more equal terms with standing human beings. This is important if disabled people are going to be seen as more than their disability; it could stop the world from looking down upon them, all the time.
In the kitchen, too, this raising up would allow disabled home cooks to wield a chef’s knife over a chopping board. The kitchen modifications for disabled cooks would be dependant upon the height they could achieve in relation to the necessary height of the bench tops and stove. Making kitchen improvements means that more people can enjoy the art of cooking. Cooking is a creative act and it can add to a person’s sense of self-esteem and achievement. Imagine cooking for loved ones, family and friends despite your disability.
Economic constraints have always been emphasised when talking about things like wheelchair design. Perhaps the National Disability Insurance Scheme will allow a more reasonable and visionary discussion about things such as this. Surely, a hydraulic lift and tilt function within a new modified wheelchair would be worth the investment if it transformed the lives of those who inhabited it. Imagine the expanded work opportunities that would be made possible by this invention or engineering feat. It is time to lift the bar when it comes to disability in this country. Equal opportunities are based on a level playing field and right now that does not exist, even in the kitchen.