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handiCAPABLE Guide Service's Beginnings


  • handiCAPABLE Guide Service, Inc. was born in 1991 from a dream of Marcus Gough, a 16 year old boy with terminal Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and Noel Dillard, a tournament fisherman and licensed guide, who saw the need to help the disabled and developmentally delayed children and adults enjoy their lives. handiCAPABLE received its 501(c)(3) public charity status in recreational rehabilitation from the IRS in September 1994.
  • Our focus has been fishing with our 21' Southern Skimmer boat with its drop-down bow allowing clients to "wheel" onto the boat and lock-down.   The Southern Skimmer can easily be trailered to a summer camp, tournament, or convention to be utilized to its fullest by all children and/or adults who desire to enjoy their lives to the utmost.
  • Over the past 8 years, we have been developing adaptive equipment for the myriad of disabilities there are. Two of our adaptations are widely used. One adaptation is for stroke victims or amputees and the other for C5-C6 clients The adaptation for the amputee or stroke victim is a one-handed pole apparatus; the C5-C6 apparatus is an adaptive reel for persons with paralysis.
  • As DONATIONS come available, we are progressing on a PROTOTYPE CHIN-OPERATED FISHING POLE.  We plan to have this wonderful adaptive device fully operational during late 2001. 
  • handiCAPABLE Guide Service has given actual hands-on demonstrations, training, excursions, and/or modified client's existing equipment to over 7,000 people in eight area states since 1995.
  • Through the internet, we have assisted multitudes in building recreational adaptive devices through e-mails, phone consultations, and visits.  Persons in NEARLY EVERY STATE IN THE USA and in OVER ELEVEN COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE.
  • Donations from individuals and businesses primarily support this organization. But, with an entirely volunteer staff, donations can be placed directly toward the essentials of insurance, boat payments, utilities, repairs, boat operational costs, service expansions, etc.
  • handiCAPABLE Guide Service, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, public charity corporation. Your tax-deductible donations are  needed to continue providing this very needed service.


If you would like to help support handiCAPABLE Guide Service, Inc., please mail your donations to ...


handiCAPABLE Guide Service, Inc.
P. O. Box 421
Grand Rivers, KY  42045-0421
Office: (270) 362-0970
Noel's Cell: (270) 559-6876



Your donations are tax deductible and greatly needed to continue our work.