Independent Living Skills and Tacos!

Photo shows two dials on a stovetop instrument panel with tactile markingsRecently I had the good fortune to travel to a school to collaborate with a colleague and her student on using stovetop adaptations for cooking. Late last year Jen and I had visited and we worked together with the student and his TSVI on preparing simple snacks (chocolate pudding and fruit salad) that he could prepare at home. On this visit, we practiced using the tactile marking system on the stovetop panel to set the correct temperature and center the pan on the stove element to cook ground beef for tacos (one of the student's favourite foods). Also back by popular demand was fruit salad, which allowed the student to demonstrate his much-improved cutting skills.

Web Resources for Adapting and Cooking on the Stovetop

Once the food preparation was complete, the student invited one of his peers to join him for lunch! 

Photo shows a student using a spatula to stir ground beed cooking in a frying pan.Photo shows a student adding salsa to two tacos on a plate.

About the author

Adam Wilton

I have been fortunate to learn and grow with students with visual impairments since 2007, working as a teacher of students with visual impairments (TSVI), Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and most recently as the Program Manager of PRCVI and ARC-BC. I completed a PhD in Special Education at the University of British Columbia in 2017 where my research focused on the administrative determinants of workloads for itinerant TSVIs.   

One of my favourite aspects of my current role is delivering outreach support to my colleagues and their students from across British Columbia. I've been fortunate to have many exciting adventures in schools and communities across the province and I hope you enjoy following along through #outreaching!

When I'm not on the road, I enjoy learning to play the violin, collecting antique books, and spending time surrounded by trees. 

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