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-------- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To provide a custom adaptation of a fishing rod holder and fishing accessories for an individual with brain injury and limited arm mobility. Since the individual could only use his right arm, adaptations needed to include tying the hook onto a fishing line—an activity that normally requires two hands. First, a device was located and converted to one-hand use. The device was then mounted onto at an angle onto a piece of plywood, and then flexible polyurethane guides were added at each end for holding the hook in position and tensioning the line. Instead of mounting the device to the fishing rod, the plywood stand sits on a tray that forms part of the rod holder, where it is easy for the user to access. This allows the user to tie the hooks at home before he goes out, and then remove the stand from the tray to provide more space when he is out fishing. Second, a holder was created for the rod considering the users new wheelchair and the type of overhead rods (designed for one-handed fishing) being used that can be prone to tangling. A frame was constructed which would be mounted on the base of the user’s new wheelchair. The frame is an upright post made of square steel tube and two horizontal bars at lap height. Onto these were mounted three short tubes to carry three rods. Above the three holders is the tray, which can be used to cut up bait and add it to the hook. The tray has a lip on all sides to stop things from falling off, and hooks attached which hold knife, scissors, and other tools. The rod holders needed to be stable, easy to operate one-handed, and able to accommodate four slightly different rods. The rod holders were constructed with an outer metal tube and an inner PVC tube, which fits closely to the shape of the rods’ main shafts. A slot was cut in both tubes, so that when the rod is wedged into the PVC, the piece that clamps the reel to the rod fits into the slot to prevent the rod from twisting. TITLE: Fishing Again. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 30, Number 1, January 2010: p. 6-7. PAGES: 3 (including cover).

Notes: The TAD Journal is available in the collection of the National Rehabiltation Information Center (NARIC).

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Technical Aid to the Disabled (TAD)

TADNSW is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.

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