Sabrina Cohen, Disabled Advocate and President of the Sabrina Cohen Foundation (SCF), approached her hometown with a novel idea:
Let’s create a Beach for ALL.
Today, SCF’s mission revolves around the foundation’s largest undertaking to date – a partnership with the City of Miami Beach that includes multiple initiatives to provide disabled individuals, veterans, children with special needs and the elderly the same perks of living in South Florida as everyone else – Access to the beach and ocean.
Welcome to Sabrina’s Adaptive Beach.
The Sabrina Cohen Foundation “Adaptive Beach Days” program began in the Summer 2016 and is growing strong, welcoming hundreds of participants, volunteers, family and friends every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Join us 11am to 3pm at 6475 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.
‘This is a moment in history’: Miami Beach OKs seaside facility for the disabled
After years of false starts and failed proposals, beachgoers and Miami Beach residents with disabilities will get a new facility that will give them easier access to the beach.
Over opposition from many neighbors, commissioners approved an agreement with the Sabrina Cohen Foundation to build the facility.
The foundation pledges to raise the money for the building, which will take up part of a beachside parking lot next to the fire station at 5301 Collins Ave. Construction is expected to cost about $4.5 million.
Miami Beach will continue to own the land and the building, which will store equipment and house fitness programs.
For Cohen and her supporters it’s been a long, emotional journey. As Carolina Jones, a supporter and North Beach resident, gave her public remarks at the meeting, audible sniffles could be heard and some commissioners teared up as well.
“This is a moment in history, we rarely have the opportunity to impact an entire community so profoundly and change lives at such a fundamental level,” Jones said.
Visit our MEDIA page to read more about our exciting work…
3rd Season of Adaptive Beach Days begin Sunday, April 8, 2018!
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine honors Sabrina Cohen with a Key to the City and $10,000 donation
November 1, 2017: “Adaptive Beach Celebration” With Mayor Philip Levine, Commissioners Joy Malakoff and John Aleman. Photo by Mitchell Zachs
Oct. 31, 2017: Supporters of the Sabrina Cohen Foundation embrace after the Miami Beach commission approves plans to build an Adaptive Recreation Center for the disabled.
Adaptive Beach Days take place the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.
Time: 11am – 3pm
Beach location: 6475 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33141
“Sabrina Cohen turned tragedy into triumph by starting a foundation that is making it possible for people with disabilities to enjoy the beach.”
A Brief Conversation with Disabilities Rights Activist Sabrina Cohen.
Miami Beach Visual Memoirs Project – June 2015