Nutrition and Disability

An adaptive kitchen feature

Find information, tools and resources relating to shopping and food preparation specific to the needs of individuals living with disabilities.

Nutrition and Weight Management for People with Disabilities

Disability and Health in New York State.

Guide discussing the importance of nutrition and weight management in persons with disabilities, difficulty cooking and shopping, overcoming weight management barriers, smart shopping and cooking tips, and living well with a disability.

An adaptive kitchen Kitchen Accessibility Basics for Persons with Disabilities


Guidance for persons with disabilities and kitchen accessibility issues including many tips on adjusting a kitchen layout and kitchen tools for a person with a disability.

Alzheimer's Association logo The Kitchen and Persons with Dementia (PDF | 63.1 KB)

Alzheimer's Association of Australia.

Suggestions for ways to make the kitchen as useful and safe as possible for a person with dementia, their family, and their caregivers.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability program logo General Exercise Guidelines for People with Disabilities

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability.

Information on general exercise guidelines for a disabled person.

Providing Nutrition Services for People with Developmental Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs

American Dietetic Association.

Position statement. Supports a interdisciplinary, family-centered, community-based, and culturally competent approach.

Creating Effective Health Messages for People with Disabilities

New York State Department of Health. Disability and Health Program.

Guide to creating effective messages concerning general health, nutrition and physical activity.

Grow to 5 Program logo Nutrition for Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Handbook for Parents, Teachers, Caregivers, and Food Service Providers (PDF | 180 KB)

Florida Department of Education.

Handbook for professionals. Provides guidance concerning special needs children and loss of appetite, under and overweight, nutritional supplements, pica, allergies, nutrition and dental health, digestion complications, behavior, and food texture.

Nutrition for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Pacific West Maternal and Child Health Distance Learning Network.

Web-based curriculum includes sections on growth assessment, dietary intake and determining individual need, feeding skills, fluid and bowel problems, integrating community services and programs, and developing a family-centered plan.