If you have followed me for a while, you know how significant independence is for people with disabilities. A lot of my blogs involve adaptive devices that are used for independence. However, it’s important to remember that you can always grow and learn to adapt with or without the device. For years I used universal cuffs, nicknamed U-Cuff, to independently eat. The problem was that I grew dependent on the U-Cuff. In order to eat, I needed to ask someone to fetch my U-CUFF, insert the eating utensil, and readjust if needed. About four years ago, I decided to test my “limits”. I ditched that U-Cuff and began experimenting different ways to independently eat. After experimenting, I realized how easy I could feed myself. It changed the rest of my life. For almost 3 years, I could have been less reliant on devices and more on myself, but now I am independent!
This short and sweet blog is to encourage you to grow independently. It’s easy to grow comfortable with devices like the U-Cuff, but once in awhile, ditch it and see how far you do it on your own! It might take a couple practices but the goal is to be as independent as possible. It has given me more freedom by ditching the U-Cuff and I encourage you to do the same.
This is how I used a U-Cuff:
This is how I eat now:
*The key is thick utensils which stay in my hand better!