Your smiles, tears of joy and new experiences are the reason why we do what we do.

We’re so proud to have designed a first of a kind accessible beach program, but your feedback and input will help us get stronger and better at what we do. Whether you have participated in our event, or you would like to one day, please let us know your thoughts. It’s important to us and our community.

Here’s what some of our friends have to say:

“I first heard about the Sabrina Cohen Foundation the summer of 2015 when they held their first meeting regarding Adaptive Beach Day for those interested in volunteering. I was beyond excited! Having my certification in Aquatic Therapy has made me aware of the awesome effects that being in the water can have on an individual. I couldn’t wait to get started! Summer of 2016 they started hosting Adaptive Beach Day the first and third Saturday of every month and I went to nearly every event since! I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering my time these Saturdays to help individuals with various disabilities be able to enjoy the water. I’ve made new friends and shared many smiles with people who had not been in the ocean since their injury had occurred…some people as long as 20 years. To be able to share in that moment when their skin feels the rhythm of the ocean carrying them along for the first time in years is an incredibly beautiful moment to be a part of. As a physical therapy student my time volunteering with Adaptive Beach Day has made me even more aware of how important my role will be in the future communities I will be a part of. The way we choose to spend and volunteer our time can have an amazing impact on the people who live around us. No one should be unable to enjoy the beach or various other outings because of a physical disability when there are countless able bodied humans around them who can lend a helping hand. Thank you Sabrina and all who made Adaptive Beach Day possible! You have helped make this world a better place and I am very grateful and inspired by you.”

– Melody Walkup, Physical Therapy Student, University of Miami

“We cannot overstate how much we love Sabrina’s accessible beach program.  It is wonderful, fun and exciting every week.  It is extremely well organized and the staff  is outstanding in every way.  We really enjoy their helpfullness and attention to details, as they have been cordial, friendly and have always had a positive regard related to our visual impairment. Their assistance has been welcomed and appropriate as opposed to patronizing, as  they have shown a keen awareness for providing to us just the right amount of help with the least interference.  We have also invited several friends to the accessible beach program and they all loved it!

Although we are able to go to the beach on our own, the program makes it hardship free orienting ourselves, walking around and especially getting in and out of the water, as sighted guides take us to and from  the water to the shaded shelter where socializing occurs and food is served.  We very much look forward attending the program on a biweekly basis and would actually like to see it expanded in time and if possible.

Our deepest thanks and appreciation go to Sabrina for having implemented this great and unique program benefitting people with all types of disabilities.”

– Bill and Susanna Maroder

“As a physical therapy student from the University of Miami, I am so grateful to have been able to take part in Sabrina’s Adaptive Beach Days. I’ve grown up on the beach and in the ocean my whole life, so it is an honor to be able to help others gain access to these incredibly special places. Helping at Sabrina’s Beach has been so much more than just a volunteering opportunity – it is a place where I’ve made so many new friends, practiced my physical therapy skills, and learned a few very important life lessons:

1) There is nothing you can’t do…no matter the circumstance. Sometimes you just need to do it a little differently or ask for help.
2) The ocean is a healing place and everyone deserves access to it’s beauty.
3) Each person offers something special that can help make the world a better place.
It is my hope and dream that accessible beaches become available everywhere for everyone. But for now, Sabrina’s Beach will set the example for what accessibility truly means. I feel so lucky to have been a part of it and I encourage other PT students to volunteer in the future!  Miss you all already and I can’t wait to come back and see you all again! I hope that UMPT continues to have a good presence at your beach days and I can’t wait to hear how it grows and improves over the next few months! You should be so proud, it really is an incredible project and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it!”
– Megan Gray, Physical Therapy Student, University of Miami

Feedback

Please take a moment to tell us about your experience at our adaptive beach or give us your opinion about the work we do. We’re listening.