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VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE

‘Your Special Chef’ Helps Makes Cooking Easier for All

Website Offers Visual Recipes and Adaptive Kitchen Techniques BY JAMIE LOBER

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our Special Chef, a website created by then-high school senior Anna Moyer in 2010, started as a means to help those with special needs navigate the kitchen. Years later, it’s evolved into some-

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thing much more. Moyer, who is currently completing her PhD in human genetics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, worked with an occupational therapist and life skills teacher to create recipes and lesson plans for

individuals with disabilities, a population Moyer felt was underrepresented. “I was motivated to develop the website because at the time there were few free resources available to teach cooking skills to individuals with disabilities,” said

Moyer. For Moyer, the mission was personal. Her brother, Sam, was born with Down syndrome when she was 3 years-old. “Having a sibling with a disability was one of the most enriching and challenging

parts of my childhood,” said Moyer. While she does not have a formal background in special education or occupational therapy, she had many years working with her brother and understanding his learning style and what accommoda-

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