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Preparing meals can provide a lot of personal satisfaction and contribute to our overall wellness.  When one’s vision begins to diminish, there’s no reason to stop enjoying this activity.  It just calls for doing things in a different way.

We’re teaming up with the Willy Street Co-op to offer two cooking classes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  The classes will be held at the Willy Street West location, 6825 University Avenue in Middleton on Tuesday, June 3 and 10, from 5-7 p.m.

On June 3, the class will discuss healthy foods and prepare a vegetable salad using adaptive strategies for cutting, chopping and measuring ingredients.  On June 10, Dr. Julie Mares, UW-Madison Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, will discuss eating wise for healthy eyes.  Her presentation will be followed by the class preparation of a fruit salad.  Strategies for cleaning up for the low vision cook will be practiced.

The classes are open to people with vision loss and the general public who can wear vision simulators while preparing food.  The two-week class cost is $15 per person. Registration deadline is Friday, May 30.  To reserve your seat, please contact Taeli Turner at 608-237-8119 or call the Council at 608-255-1166.

Our thanks to the Willy Street Co-op who is helping to fund these classes through its Community Reinvestment Fund.