The Scuba Sports Club of Westchester County, New York
The Scuba Sports Club of Westchester County, New York

September 2021 Speaker

Title: Member Meeting

 

Speaker: Rosemary Ciotti

 

Description:  

Rosemary Ciotti is currently the Vice President of Therapeutic SCUBA Institute, a non-profit
headquartered in Miami, Florida. Therapeutic SCUBA Institute strives to work with recreational therapists and universities to establish adaptive SCUBA as a recognized therapy for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.
 
Therapeutic SCUBA Institute collaborates with the University of Miami Medical School and
the school of rehabilitative medicine, known as the Miami Project. Their key mission is to
educate people in the academic and SCUBA world about the myriad benefits of adaptive
SCUBA.
 
The hallmark program within Therapeutic SCUBA Institute is Camp Open SEAS. Camp was
founded by Rosemary Ciotti and Kay Pearson in 2018. In 2017, Rosemary and Kay started a free“try SCUBA” program for people with disabilities in the mid-Atlantic region. Several childrenbecame avid in-pool SCUBA divers and the idea of camp arose from wanting these kids to be able to dive in the open ocean. Camp Open SEAS is the first science and adaptive SCUBA camp in the Country for kids with disabilities. Camp Open SEAS is designed to focus on marine science education and adaptive SCUBA for kids with disabilities ages 10-16 and is held every summer in Key Largo, FL.
 
Rosemary has lectured widely on inclusive design in housing and healthcare and participated
as a litigant in important ADA cases. She is currently Chair of the Arlington County Virginia
Disability Advisory Commission and advises the Arlington County Board as well. As a nurse practitioner Rosemary Ciotti cares for people with spinal cord injuries who live independently in the community. Rosemary has been a wheelchair user since 1990 from an auto
immune disease that caused permanent neurological damage. At this time Rosemary, along with her husband, reside between Arlington, Virginia and Key Largo, FL.

Meeting Location:

San Martino Italian Restaurant

12 YOUNG AVE

YONKERS, NY 10710

sanmartinos.com

(914) 779-5300

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