Special Abilities Program / Inclusion

little girl in jungle gym

The Parks & Recreation Department proudly offers programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in regularly scheduled recreational activities. Contact Lucy Alonso at 305.673.7000 x. 22663 for more information on other activities included in Inclusion in Recreation. The program is free for Miami Beach Residents and $69 for Non-Residents. Email recreation@miamibeachfl.gov for more information. Click here to register >

Inclusion in Recreation

This program allows children with disabilities to participate in regularly scheduled recreational activities at all City of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation facilities. Call 305.673.7730 for more information.

North Shore Margaret M. Swett Social Club for
Developmentally Disabled Adults & Children

North Shore Park Youth Center • 501 72 Street
The Margaret M. Swett Social Club is celebrating 53 years of providing quality recreational / social programs for our community’s developmentally disabled population ages 10+. Registered members meet on Sundays from 1 PM – 3 PM at the North Shore Park Youth Center and attend weekly theme parties, field trips, banquets, dances, and special programs. 

Social Club Calendar
September 2023
October 2023

AIM (Adaptive Inclusionary Mentors)

AIM is a free inclusionary program for children with special needs who are enrolled in the Teen Club Program at the Scott Rakow Youth Center. Special needs participants are partnered with teens their age and they participate tandemly in different activities and events. Activities include athletics, social skills classes, and recreational outings. Space is limited. Contact williepriegues@miamibeachfl.gov for more information.

AIM Program Calendar
September 2023


North Shore Park Youth Center – 501 72 Street
2nd & 4th Friday of every month, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Ages: 10+
S.T.E.A.M. enrichments that enhance motor skills, social skills, and cognitive thinking. Register for the Special Abilities Program to participate in this and other programs. Click here to register >

Adaptive Ice Skating (No Programming in October)

Barbara Medina Ice Rink at Scott Rakow Youth Center – 2700 Sheridan Avenue
1st & 3rd Sunday of every month, 10 AM – 12 PM
Ages: 5+
Register for the Special Abilities Program to participate in this and other programs. Parent / Guardian is required to stay for the duration of this class. Click here to register >



Beach Access

Adaptive Beach Days
“Adaptive Beach Days” is a pop-up program that provides full service access into the ocean for people with varioud disabilities with the help of trained staff, volunteers, access decks, beach wheelchairs and other adaptive equipment. To register as a Participant or Volunteer, please visit www.sabrinacohenfoundation.org (what we do – Beach Days) OR send an email to sabrina@sabrinacohenfoundation.org. Call/Text 305.968.8024. Adaptive Beach Days will run April to November 2023 every 3rd Sunday of the month.

Beach Sand Access
The City of Miami Beach offers manual “Beach Wheelchairs”, to access beach sand for those who are mobility impaired, to enjoy our beautiful beaches.  First come, first served basis. A Driver’s License or photo ID is required. Beach Wheelchair Location: Ocean Rescue Headquarters (1001 Ocean Drive) and South Pointe Park (1 Washington Avenue). For more information please call 305.673.7000, x 7714, or visit our ADA webpage >

Mobi-Mats is a safe beach access surface for those who are mobility impaired to reach our beautiful beaches. Locations: South Pointe Park, 3 Street, 4 Street, 6 Street, 8 Street, 10 Street, 12 Street, 14 Street, 14 Place, 15 Street, Lincoln Road, 17 Street, 18 Street, 21 Street, 64 Street, 69 Street, 71 Street, 74 Street, and 79 Street.




The City of Miami Beach and Freebee have teamed up to offer Miami Beach Seniors (65+) in your building a FREE shuttle service to the closest Publix or pharmacy. The service is also available to Miami Beach seniors who participate in any of the elder programs provided by UNIDAD, Jewish Community Services, or Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Center (advanced registration with Freebee is required). The service operates seven days a week from 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. To schedule a ride, seniors can call 855.918.3733 at least 30 minutes before their desired pickup time. They will be asked to provide their name, phone number, pickup location, desired pickup time, and number of passengers in their party (maximum four passengers).