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handiCAPABLE Guide Service, Inc. has served several individuals with developmental delays and mobility difficulties throughout the southeast. We are proud to highlight a few of these ...


Just a few of our clients, enjoying the Great Outdoors with us.

handiCAPABLE's primary fishing boat, a 21 foot Southern Skimmer with drop-down bow and wheelchair lockdowns. This boat is trailerable to any location to serve our clients.

Lucas McClure (top) and Johnny Bigler enjoying a day of fishing with handiCAPABLE Guide Service, and the video crew from KET's Kentucky Afield

One of our local girls from the area "Teens with Disabilities" Support Group with their first catch.

One of our local girls from the area "Teens with Disabilities" Support Group with their first catch.

One of our clients, a patient (at that time) of Shephard Spinal Center in Atlanta, GA trying out a loaned prototype "chin-operated" fishing pole. handiCAPABLE Guide Service is currently building a similar unit.

Co-founder Noel Dillard and Lucas McClure enjoying Kentucky Lake and it's plentiful supplies of fish.

One of our Southern Indiana clients enjoying the afternoon.

In these two pictures, a couple of Southern Indiana high school students with disabilities enjoy a fishing trip sponsored by New Hope Services in Jeffersonville, IN.

The late Chuck Armon enjoying a fishing trip from our houseboat for his 82nd birthday.

Co-founders of handiCAPABLE Guide Service, Inc., the late Marcus Gough (left) and Noel Dillard (right)

Meet "Roadie", handiCAPABLE's "Inspirator and Motivator", lives the saying "NEVER GIVE UP". Critically injured in a train accident, losing (2) legs, Roadie never gives up, and doesn't allow his disability to get him down. Roadie resides with Dr. Mike Griffitt, at Bluegrass Veterinary Clinic near Lexington, KY

Co-founder Noel Dillard with a participant in Shepard Spinal Center's Adventure Skills Workshop program


  • Demostrated our capabilities at the Disabled Organized Outdoor Recreation Symposium Conference (D.O.O.R.S.) at the Alabama Special Camp for Children and Adults (Easter Seals Camp ASCCA).
  • Contributed our talents to the Shepard Center's, Atlanta GA, Adventure Skills Workshop using our wheelchair accessible boat providing fishing expeditions and adaptive fishing classes to spinal cord injured individuals and wheelchair users, including a C4 quad using a prototype chin-operated fishing rod and reel.
  • A Lexington, KY resident who had essentially not left his house for the past few years due to his second stroke. In less than 1 hour, our staff had him casting and "reeling in the big ones" one-handed, by himself.
  • An 18 year old Princeton, KY resident with birth defects loved to fish and had never missed a fishing show on TV. Although he fished, he had never cast by himself. We had him casting on his own in just minutes.
  • Traveled to the Hardinsburg, Ky MDA Camp for several of "Jerry's Kids" to boat and fish. Our staff lectured at the KATSN Conference (Kentucky Assistive Technologies Services Network) in Lexington, Ky on recreational opportunities for mobility-challengd individuals.
  • Traveled to Scottsburg, for New Hope Services of Southern Indiana, providing fishing and boating for several of South Indiana's high school children with special needs.
  • Conducted serniars and assisted in the annual wheelchair games at the St. Louis VA hospital at Jefferson's Barracks Spinal Cord Unit.
  • For a Paducah, KY resident's 81st birthday, he took a boat ride with us. He was paralyzed on his right side from a stroke 8 years earlier. While boating, he decided to "help us field test" a fishing pole for paralyzed people. After catching about 30 blue gill, said, "It works fine" Before going out his wife had told us, "He's too proud, he'll never try to fish!"
  • Provided seminars and hands-on demonstrations to over 1200 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Leaders, and parents at the Shawnee Trails Council, B.S.A. for their "Challenge '97" Fall Camporee.  In addition, we provided information on the leading causes of disabilities, focusing on spinal cord injuries, and it's ties to gangs, violence, drugs, and education.
  • Held our first, of probably many campouts during fall 2000.  This pilot project was enjoyed by fourteen of our area's disabled community.  Despite the rain on Saturday and Saturday night, "We had a BLAST !!!!"




We make no promises, other than working as a team to try to help in your recreation and or rehabilitation through adaptations to overcome the barriers placed before you so that with our combined efforts you can enjoy the great natural resources of the beautiful outdoors.



Disabilities are like personalities ... each is unique.



Our success is due to the generous donations by individuals and corporations and our ENTIRELY VOLUNTEER STAFF.  If you are interested in more information on our services, please contact us at:

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



Last Updated on Friday, 19 February 2016 02:41