Seal Beach Enables Beach Access To The Disabled

Seal Beach Enables Beach Access To The Disabled

Walking along the beach with sand in your toes feels very good. But what happens if you are disabled, injured, paralyzed, and otherwise cannot walk or use a wheelchair to get around? Then your options are limited, especially if access to the shoreline is limited.

But the City of Seal Beach in Southern California is now accommodating those individuals who less able to walk to the shoreline with its new beach access that goes from the parking lot onto the sandy beach [see above].

This is so great to see,” said Bruckner Chase who travels the world from Poland and Australia to American Samoa and Greece to conduct inclusivity programs for the disabled. “That is one of the best signs that I have seen. Inclusivity is encouraged.”

Chase’s innovative work with disabled open water swimmers began in pools and in the Atlantic Ocean with the Ocean Swimming & Prone Paddleboarding program for Athletes with Spinal Cord Injuries, a program that is offered together with the Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital, and the City of Upper Township in New Jersey. “My work aims to help individuals with spinal cord injuries learn how to move through the water and guides open water prone paddleboarding and swimming sessions.

From there, we started to expand when I was asked to present at the 2017 Australian & New Zealand Spinal Cord Society Annual Scientific Meeting. This conference is where Spinal Injury Units, Community Services representatives, and others like what we are doing discuss, develop and share our activities that can lead to best outcomes for the spinal cord injured individual. So it is wonderful to see Seal Beach join in with our efforts to support the disabled who wish to enjoy the ocean.”

Chase’s Legion of Ocean Heroes Surf Lifesaving Festival and Unified Team training program combine surf lifesaving sports training and athletes with spinal cord injuries in his native New Jersey while also inspiring similar programs around the world.

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