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Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

Accessible Recipes

Whether cooking for Thanksgiving or other holidays, a number of websites and apps provide recipes that are accessible and result in a tasty dish. AccessWorld from AFB (American Foundation for the Blind) offers information about some of the resources and tips on how to make best use of them. The Food Network, for example, has a website and an iOS app called “In the Kitchen.” To navigate the website using a screen reader, they suggest using the “hot keys for headings, links, and forms.” When using the In the Kitchen app, voiceover might note that you’re on a different page, which can be overcome by swiping back to the page or closing and then re-opening the app. The website provides recipes from home chefs as well as recipe reviews. Check out more about these online offerings for Accessible Recipes for Holiday Cooking and Entertaining. In reviewing the article, please note that one of the offerings cited, the Yes Chef app, is currently unavailable for downloading.

Tips for Helping Guests with Low Vision

Simple adaptations in your Thanksgiving preparations can “help your low vision loved ones experience a happy turkey day.” The Hope Vision Foundation offers tangible suggestions to accommodate guests, such as clearing the floor of toys, books, and other potential obstacles, setting a table with high contrast settings, and explaining where foods are on a plate using the clock method (like stating that the meat is at 6 o’clock, for example). Read more about Simple Changes You Can Make on Thanksgiving.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Broadcast to Feature Live Audio Description

You can watch the 95th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®  with live audio description, broadcast by NBCUniversal, accessible on the Secondary Audio Program channel (SAP) through Descriptive Video Works. The additional audio narration will describe the “rich visuals of the Parade.” Television audiences across the nation can experience the action via special broadcasts on NBC and Telemundo, from 9 am to 12 pm in all time zones, and via livestream coverage on Peacock. Check out parade details from NBC Entertainment in 95 and Marching On! Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Ushers in the Holiday Season November 25 on NBC.