Food Finder Project
Food- Finder is a braille and large print map of the freezer and fridge in the form of a poster fixed to the front of the fridge. The Food- Finder assists blind and vision impaired students in independently locating items within both freezer and fridge. Food Finder is a laminated map of the inside of both the body and door of the fridge with clear adhesive braille and large print cues.
Removable labels representing the items stored within the fridge/ freezer are attached to the poster. Each label is a picture of the item with large print and braille and a Velcro backing that marries to the Velcro on the poster; this ensures changes can be made. The labels are kept in the food finder book, in alphabetical order, with large print and braille and a matching picture.
The Fridge Food-Finder assists in the creation of an accessible kitchen for blind and vision impaired students while increasing their independence in locating and collecting items. It fosters independence, ownership of learning, orientation and mobility and social skills. These are foundational skills for life, and can help in increasing future employability.
The Food Finder poster and the accompanying braille large print recipes were designed and developed by the project managers and braille specialist at Insight Education Centre. The project managers encouraged evidence-based strategies used with blind and vision impaired people in the implementation of the deliverable using explicit language, a systematic approach, tactile cues and peer support to encourage independent engagement in meal preparation. The concept of the Food Finder and the strategies for implementation can be transferred to other components of meal preparation and ultimately to other learning areas and other environments such as the home and community.
(Garam & Stampton, 2015)
Garam, K., & Stampton, J. (2015). Accessible Kitchens A Pathway To Independence (Unpublished manuscript). Monash University Department of Occupational Therapy, Melbourne, VIC.