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On Friday, 7/26/19, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation will join forces with the City of Asbury Park to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Access Asbury Accessibility Initiative with its first accessible Beach Day.
In the United States, there are approximately 5.4 million individuals living with paralysis, and of these, 1.4 million are spinal cord-injured. There are 17,500 new spinal cord injury (SCI) cases each year. Once individuals make the transition back to home, they find that tasks they used to enjoy are not as accessible to them.
Our goal is to make Asbury Park beach a model of accessibility and inclusion for individuals with paralysis and mobility impairments. Last year the Reeve Foundation worked to increase accessibility at Asbury Park by purchasing new beach pathways and waterwheels equipment. We are working to expand the Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life Grants Program to provide resources to small business. There will be additional focus on general accessibility around the City of Asbury Park in the years to come. We believe that Access Asbury will inspire other communities to follow in our path to create accessible spaces for the paralysis community.
Join us on Friday 7/26/19 for the Access Asbury Beach Day on 1st Avenue Beach in Asbury Park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This free family fun beach day will include access for anyone with mobility issues to utilize the water wheel chairs to get into the water with their family members, light fare will be served & a bonfire for all to enjoy. The event is free to the public but registration is required. To register, visit https://give.reeve.org/campaign/reeve-foundation-access-asbury/c222101