Cooking Up New Learning Opportunities at Independent Living Center
A new teaching kitchen in Troy is making a difference at the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley (ILCHV) in Troy. The new kitchen is wheelchair accessible and makes use of innovative technologies that allow consumers with disabilities to easily access dishware, ingredients, and appliances. The new kitchen meets a significant need at ILCHV: an accessible place to teach consumers with disabilities how to prepare healthy meals in their own homes. In addition, it offers ILCHV a place to host holiday and celebratory gatherings for consumers, especially for teens who attend programs at the center.
Adaptive technologies featured in the kitchen include cabinets that can be easily raised and lowered for easy access and an oven door that opens sideways (instead of from the top down) to allow consumers to easily place and remove food in the oven.
The Foundation was pleased to join with several other funders to make the kitchen possible.