Hi, I am Rosanna Radding. Thanks for visiting the One Hand Can website. This is a place to share and learn how I and other re-abled people have adapted our respective work and play environments and tools to accomplish whatever it is we want to do, regardless of the disability we may have. I invite you to browse the “Resources” menu for descriptions, photos and videos of myself and invited guest demonstrators doing what we do as re-abled rather than disabled individuals. In addition, navigate to my blog, Living Re-Abled. There I share my experiences of learning to live re-abled, in my case, one-handed in a two-handed world following a stroke that left me significant functional losses.
Regardless of whether I am making art, designing and fabricating jewelry, cooking for family and friends, grocery shopping or doing minor repairs around the house one aspect remains unchanged from one activity to the next; I need to figure out how to do things in ways that functionally accommodate my special circumstances. When one is suddenly faced with the previously unknown difficulty of plugging an electrical cord into an extension cord with the use of only one hand, it becomes eminently apparent that life has changed in ways one might never have imaged.
Your stories and comments are important, too! Share your triumphs and frustrations on my blog. (Insert direct link to blog here) My hope is that onehandcan.com becomes a site where we can all become people helping other people help themselves.
Following my stroke more than ten years ago I have the use of only my right hand and arm. My left hand and arm were rendered, for all intent and purpose, useless. Nonetheless, there were/are two passions in my life I was unwilling to let go by the wayside. They are making art and cooking. Both became frustratingly problematic post-stroke even on the most basic level. How do I do any normally two-handed activity with one-hand? Daily life became an ongoing collection of challenges that begged to be either solved or left to someone else to do for me. My stubbornly independent streak disallowed anything less than giving whatever it was/is my best shot.
There is no denying it. I work more slowly now with lots of functional adaptations and do-overs, but I am entertaining and cooking for friends and family because I love to do it. I am creating art because that is what I do. I am still an artist. The stroke did not change that.
For me the bottom line is I have chosen to live my life re-abled rather than disabled as an artist and not unlike any other human being. After all, each of us, disabled or not, has our own particular set of limitations and obstacles to live with or move beyond.
Thanks again for visiting onehandcan.com. Join the Living Re-abled conversation and check back soon and often. This website will always be a work in progress.
I am delighted to have the pleasure your company on this journey.