Surpassing Physical Limitations: Cross-stitching with One Hand
When the desire to accomplish something confronts physical limitations, working around or through them can be a challenge for many of the children and young adults in ICC’s care. But that never stops them from trying! With the love and support from our sponsors, these precious lives have access to the help they need to overcome their challenges.
As a person with cerebral palsy, Fangfang only has the use of one hand. She has overcome many challenges because of that but when her friends took up a cross-stitching class she could only observe at the side, as it takes two hands to work on a project.
But that didn’t stop the staff at ICC from finding a way for Fangfang to join the class.
One of our staff members had already been working on an idea for one of our special education teachers that could be adapted to help Fangfang. It was a construction of wood and bolts and closures that could hold the cross stitch fabric while Fangfang could use her functioning hand to do the stitching.
When Fangfang was invited back to the class the next day, the first prototype was ready for her to try. It worked well and she was cross-stitching in no time! She was so happy and proud to be accomplishing something she had never imagined doing!
A little creativity, some patience and a lot of caring hearts and hands can go a long way. Fangfang’s desire and abilities were there. Her one-handedness imposed artificial limits on her. Removing those limits opened up her potential and brought joy into her life.
With the love and generous support from our sponsors, we were able to get the right materials and staff to work together for Fangfang’s progress. Now, because of the success of the fabric holder, we are looking into other ways it can help other young adults with only one functioning hand to do other craft work. One step ahead for Fangfang can inspire more steps ahead for other young adults at ICC!
Today, Fangfang is motivated to dream bigger than her physical limitations. Let us walk “Hand-in-Hand” and help her and other young adults like her do so.