The Independent Living Centre, NSW, provided us with the following general guidelines on what to look for in a dishwasher for use by someone with a disability.
Problems with hands or strength
- light doors with latches that are easy to open and close
controls that are easy to turn and press
baskets that slide in and out easily
- large, raised dials with a crossbar, but note that dials can be more difficult to use than buttons or keypads if you lack hand strength
- buttons and keypads that require only a soft touch to activate
filters that can easily be removed, cleaned and replaced.
For poor vision
- controls that are easy to read - large, well-spaced and with good contrast, and well-labelled
positive feedback such as lights and/or beeps, and other tactile, audio and visual feedback is helpful
well-defined baskets - in a contrasting colour.
For someone with dementia
- an audible end-of-cycle signal and fault alarm.