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Cooking without Looking: Meet the Chefs!

Take a minute to read about the four fabulous student chefs who will be sharing their stories exploring AT, practicing the ECC, and more in the kitchen!

My name is Casey. I’m 18 years old and will be going into my sophomore year of college in the fall at Weber State University in Ogden Utah. I’m also visually impaired, my eye condition is called Retinopathy of Prematurity or ROP. I have no vision in my right eye and can see only about a foot away in my left eye.  My hobbies include hanging out with family and friends, anything active like hiking and working out. I’m very excited to be blogging my cooking experience for Paths to Technology. Personally, cooking has always been a difficult skill for me, partly because when I was younger, I would always hurt myself when helping my mom cook. Now, that I’m older I realize that I shouldn’t be scared to learn this essential independent living skill. I’m super excited to practice my cooking skills and get better! Not to mention, I love food!

My name is Conner, a Chinese young man, I was adopted in United States when I was 14. Now I am already graduated from high school, going to face my college life. I don’t really know I am ready yet!  I don’t really have any big experience with cooking skill, but I believe I can learn it pretty quick! I can speak Chinese and English. I really want to be more independent and being a capable adult. I am really excited to be a blogger so that I got chance to show people that what technology helped me with cooking, to show people my cooking experience.      

Hi, my name is Hannah. I am 17 years old. My vision impairment is nystagmus which means my eyes move back-and-forth. I can see really well. I don’t have a lot of depth perception though. I have a lot of experience with cooking. I LOVE cooking. I have loved cooking since I was about eight years old. I’ve been watching the Food Network since then.  I also really enjoyed baking. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to meet with a cupcake war winner and we made cupcakes. It was super fun.

Hello everyone! My name is Frankie Ann and I am a 26-year-old graduate student, studying to get my master’s degree in education as well as her duel certification in Vision Rehabilitation Teaching/Orientation and Mobility! I have been legally blind since birth, diagnosed with septo-optic dysplasia at 3 months old. Septo-optic dysplasia (SOD) has caused me to have no peripheral vision, night blindness, poor depth perception, nystagmus, severe light sensitivity, and poor distance vision. I am a print reader (20-point Arial Bold for the win!) and partial cane user. I have spent most of my life trying to live my best and most independent life while trying to encourage other blind/visually impaired individuals to do the same! I have been living independently for about four years now, since graduating from undergrad. After graduation, I moved out of my parent’s house in the suburbs to the big city. It has been a great opportunity to channel my independence in all areas-even cooking! I have been cooking for myself for several years now, and I generally am comfortable in the kitchen. However, there are moments where I might get stuck and I know there is more that I can do to have the safest and most successful cooking experience! I am very excited  to share my discoveries with the readers of Paths To Technology as I try out new tech, continue to work on my skills and comfort level in the kitchen, and try out some new, delicious recipes! Now let’s get cooking!!


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