SMILE Mass donates approximately 20 floating beach wheelchairs per year to public beaches. Your donation will help SMILE Mass make more beaches accessible. Where would you like to see a floating beach wheelchair? Let us know!
There is something special about the beach. It is relaxing, breathtaking and no matter the age, a day at the beach always makes life a little easier. Yes, it is hard to deny, but there is just something magical about the beach. Because the beach is a magical place, we at SMILE Mass, wanted everyone to have a choice to enjoy the beach despite disability. We believe it is the little things in life that can make memories that last a lifetime. I am sure we all remember growing up, enjoying time with family and friends on the beach. Building sandcastles, surfing the crashing waves on our boogie boards, eating homemade sandwiches and getting buried with sand, so only our heads showed. Let’s not forget those rosy cheeks from being out in the sun for too long!
Now stop and think for a moment, what if your sibling or child was born with a disability and was confined to a wheelchair, and a trip to the beach was no longer possible. What would you do? Would your family just not go to the beach? Or perhaps mom or dad would stay home with your disabled sibling just so the rest of you could enjoy a day at the beach.
Think of this for a second, if you were confined to a wheelchair getting to the beach would be impossible, the wheels just don’t do well in the sand. If you are lucky enough to find a beach that has mats or a boardwalk, you might be able to get down to the beach but you would be stuck at the end of the mat. Getting in the water to cool off would not be an option. That was until we started our Beach Wheelchair Program
A trip to the beach is something most people do at one time or another in their lifetime. It is also one of the free things you can still do. The beach doesn’t judge; everyone is welcome. Here is a visual map of current beaches.