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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Across the globe, accessibility advocates have made huge strides in improving the lives – and travel experiences – of people with mobility and other challenges. We’re proud to say that leaders and organizers in Greater Miami & Miami Beach work hard to create an inclusive environment for all travelers. Read more about accessibility advocates in Miami and their good work.

Sabrina Cohen
Sabrina Cohen's work with the City of Miami Beach creates more inclusive outdoor spaces

Miami’s Focus on Accessibility

ADA professional and compliance attorney Heidi Johnson-Wright uses her own personal experiences and knowledge to create a better path for those facing physical challenges. Serving as the ADA Coordinator of Miami-Dade County, Johnson-Wright works to ensure that every county facility, program, service and activity is accessible to and usable by those with disabilities.

Another powerful force is Sabrina Cohen, who was paralyzed in a car accident as a teenager. She created the Sabrina Cohen Foundation to champion quality-of-life initiatives for the disabled community. Since 2012, Cohen has worked with the City of Miami Beach to develop more inclusive outdoor spaces. She’s currently working toward a vision of creating an oceanside Adaptive Recreation Center that caters to those with mobility challenges. This will be a place for accessible exercise and recreation, as well as access to the beach. Plans include an oceanside adaptive park where children of all abilities can play together.

It’s a treat to spend time on sparkling Biscayne Bay, and Shake-A-Leg-Miami is another longtime local organization helping to make local waters and outdoor environments accessible to everyone. It offers sailing and watersports for children and adults with physical, developmental and economic challenges, as well as their families. Programming includes environmental lessons, therapeutic sailing, swimming, kayaking and much more.

Find resources and more information about accessible travel in Miami.

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