Sabrina Cohen Accessible Beach

 

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude,” and by this metric there were no disabilities as far as the eye could see. A core tenet in life is to give back, volunteer, and to make life as fulfilling, enjoyable, and empowering for others as possible. This includes offering all human and nonhuman animals bodily integrity, freedom and empowerment. As a service dog trainer and board member of the Disability Access Committee (DAC) for Miami Beach, I am privileged to have become friends with, interact with and to be inspired by amazing people! And one of these inspiring people is the one and only Sabrina Cohen.

 

Through Sabrina’s continuous and tireless effort, drive and passion she is able to accomplish what few able-bodied individuals even attempt. The Sabrina Cohen foundation (SCF) has organized, created and spearheaded the first (hopefully of many) accessible beach for the melting pot community, international tourist destination, and world class city, Miami Beach.

 

On July 23, 2014 the City of Miami Beach voted unanimously to approve the SCF plan to create the first fully modified accessible beach and adaptive playground at 64th Street and Collins Avenue.  The scope of this project will rival anything accomplished before in the country and around the world.

 

Today, Sunday September 21, 2014, an orientation of the future site was given a “run through.” We tested out the area, the facilities, the adaptable beach wheel chairs, the life guards, and scoped out the park. The Commissioners Edward Tobin, Joy Malakoff and Mickey Steinberg were all on hand as well as several other wonderful fire and rescue lifeguards to all help make this a beautiful safe and fun day for all.

 

The abundant jelly fish only made it more fun as we dodged and wove to get everyone in the water. Everyone was able to surf it up or frolic in the turquoise ocean and seamlessly glide through the previously impossible to navigate sands. Today was the day where people in wheel chairs who had not been able to go on the sand or in the ocean for over 20 years were able to finally enjoy what millions of people around the world come to Miami to enjoy, the beach! It was an awesome empowering day and the smiles all around made it all worth it.

 

The sage Dalai Lama offers words to live by, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.“

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Wheelchair in water

First time in over 20 years!!

Friends in wheelchair

Big thanks to Miami Beach Fire Chief Virgil Fernandez and Ocean Beach Rescue!

Beach Wheelchair

Beach wheelchair

Ride me!

Beach Wheelchairs

All set for beach cruisin’

Beach Wheelchairs

Let’s fill these babies up!

Sabrina Cohen Foundation Beach Wheelchairs Family at Accessible Miami Beach Beach Wheelchairs

Beach Wheelchair

Ta-da!

Table of food at beach

Yummy noms for all.

Fun Paw Care and Sabrina Cohen Foundation

The crew!

Lady in wheel chair

Master strategic planner

Wheel Chair accessible beach

miami beach commissioners

Edward Tobin, Mickey Steinberg, friends and family all came to show support!

Miami Beach Fire and Beach Rescue

Man with disability hops into wheel chair

No need to help me, I got this!

Man in beach wheelchair

Awesome!

Many in wheelchair

Surfs up! Let’s ride!

wheelchair on beach wheelchair on beach

man in wheelchair surfing

Let’s paddle out!

wheelchair man transferred to different wheelchair

Walter and surfer

beach wheelchair

All smiles!

Wheelchair on beach

Let’s role! 🙂

Wheelchair on beach with baby wheelchair on beach with baby in lap

wheelchair and baby

But the sun is in my eyes Sabs!

baby on wheelchair seat

I’ll just turn the hat like this to see all the boys better, k?

men on beach

Jellyfish victims… I mean volunteers and friends. 🙂

empty wheelchair

Gone swimming, call me later…

disabled man surfing

This is awesome! Surfs up bro!

beach chair for disabled

The beach loves a little Joy!

Disabled surfer

The swells were sweet and long

Woman in beach wheelchair

girl doing wheelie in wheelchair

Wheelie time!

girl in wheelchair on beach

The Jellyfish can’t sting us out here! 🙂

girl and friends in wheelchair

Awesome day.

girl in adaptable beach wheelchair disabled person surfing

disabled surfing

Take me all the way in!

man in wheelchair on beach

Hang ten!

disabled man on surfboard

disabled man on surfboard disabled man on surfboard paddling out

girl in wheelchair smiling on miami beach

Smile ear to ear 🙂

disabled woman on surfboard

This is awesome!!

man in wheelchair on beach

Did you see that last wave bro, 10 footer! Rise up!

disabled girl laughing on surfboard

This is my cracking up series 🙂

disabled girl laughing on surfboard

Wow, a massage from all of these men! How incredible!

disabled girl laughing on surfboard

A little to the left…

disabled girl laughing on surfboard

A little to the right…

disabled girl laughing on surfboard

OK, did I mention I am ticklish, lol.

disabled girl laughing on surfboard

Yea, right there, that’s the spot!

disabled girl laughing on surfboard

OMG this is funny!

disabled girl laughing on surfboard

OK, let’s surf!

disabled girl laughing on surfboard

Now, if I can just catch my breath from laughing so hard.

disabled girl laughing on surfboard

OK, just about there…

disabled girl laughing on surfboard

And we’re off! I’ve been waiting over 20 years for this!!

Jellyfish

And no Jellyfish is gonna stop us!

Jellyfish on miami beach

I can take your stings, no problem. The lifeguards have vinegar!

disabled girl laughing on surfboard

This is the best day ever! What a wipeout and still cant stop smiling! 🙂

surfing wipeout

Sabrina’s epic surfing wipeout!

disabled girl laughing on surfboard

Discussing the wave that got away…

disabled girl laughing in water wheelchair

disabled girl laughing in water wheelchair

I think I want to go pro, how much more practice do you think I need?

woman in wheelchair smiling on beach

Look at all of these MEN! I’m in heaven. 🙂

girl in ocean wheelchair First miami beach accessible beach woman in wheelchair on beach

Woman on beach in wheelchair

Surf’s up!!

autistic girl and surfboard

Awesome surfer in the house!

Accessible surfboard!

These sets are incredible!

wheelchairs on sand miami beach group on disabled on beach group picture on miami beach adaptable beach

First day opening of adaptable accessible miami beach

What a crowd!

wheelie in wheelchair

Wheelie me home!

Joy Malakoff running from water

I look way to pretty to get wet today!

 

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