Photo of Alannah, a 25-year-old person (she/her) with brown hair tied back. She is wearing a dusty pink top and is smiling directly at the camera. Alannah is in front of a forest green wall, with palm tree leaves behind her right shoulder.


Hospitality Worker
I don’t think people think about things being difficult if you have a disability but it’s hard to know how long to cook things for and what to do next so I don’t cook a lot when I am on my own.

Alannah loves to cook, but it’s not something that came naturally. 

The 25-year-old with Down syndrome wants more opportunities for young people “to have help to learn to cook easy healthy meals instead of take away food.”

If I had to cook dinner, I wouldn’t know what to buy or what to cook or even how to plan a meal without help. People who have an intellectual disability like me find it hard to follow recipes unless they are very simple without too many steps.

“It takes a lot of practice to feel confident enough to try things on our own.”

Through a local program in her hometown of Wodonga Alannah has learnt to cook in a commercial kitchen, with ‘helpers’ teaching her. 

She says that this has increased her confidence, and would love to see other people with disability have a similar opportunity.