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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