Fishing Has No Boundaries is just one group working to show that people with disabilities or handicaps can still remain active in fishing. Several companies are now making adaptive fishing equipment, which gives you the chance to keep fishing, even if you thought it wasn't possible because of a disease or injury.
Boats are one form of adaptive fishing equipment because these boats have a sloped or flat deck, which helps those with crutches or a wheelchair easily move from the pier to the boat. Additionally, these boats feature other items to make you more comfortable, such as a specific section with straps for holding down a wheelchair and preventing it from rolling across the boat.
There are several different types of adaptive rods on the market. The One-Armed Fishing Bandit was designed for those who only have the use of one arm such as a stroke victim. The Strong Arm is a type of rod holder that you attach to your arm. The holder keeps the rod steady so you can keep fishing even if you only have a small amount of strength in that arm.
Adaptive reels were designed to make it easier for you to cast your line. Many of these reels are electronic and use only a one-button system. When you want to cast your line, you press the button and you press the button again to bring it back. There are more advanced models that let you change the length of the line to cast, the strength of the cast and other factors by using a push button or touch screen menu.
There are other accessories designed for those with a handicap or disability such as a magnetic tip threader. The threader holds the hook in place while you slide the line through the hole. You can also find rod holders that attach to the side of a boat or to a wheelchair, which let you keep the rod steady, even if you have only limited mobility in your arms.