Planning a Day at the Beach for People with Disabilities

surf chairAdults and children who rely on wheelchairs, walkers, crutches or canes for mobility can enjoy all that summer has to offer – including sun-filled, sandy beaches. With a few clicks of the mouse or taps on the screen, you can plan a safe, fun and accessible vacation.

First, pick your beach destination. Next, visit the city’s website and look for information on “beach or handicapped accessibility.” Within this page, you should find information concerning the locations of ADA compliant restrooms, bath houses, outdoor public showers and access ramps to the beach.

You can also search the web for “rentals/reservations for adapted wheelchairs,” sometimes called “surf chairs.” Surf chairs are made especially for the sand and surf. The chair’s thick plastic wheels make it easy to maneuver over the sand. Surf chairs are typically available to rent free of charge from the city’s beach patrol, but they are in short supply. Call in advance to make a reservation.

TIP: If you are traveling to one of the New Jersey shore points, contact the Atlantic County Office of Disability Services to see which access points have been rebuilt since the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

 

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