Most people take things for granted and if we want to go a water park or to a fun fair then within reason we are able to go. Some people with disabilities are unable to enjoy these places for many reasons. Sometimes it is purely that they cannot physically take part in the activities, sometimes it is because other people make it impossible. Why shouldn’t people with disabilities be able to enjoy this kind of outing. Many theme parks do have special facilities for their disabled visitors and they do their best to make sure that everyone can do as many of the rides/activities as possible.
Researching positive articles we came across a theme park in Texas, America called Morgan’s Wonderland. The story behind this was that a father wanted his daughter, who has severe learning difficulties and a form of autism to be able to enjoy the experience of a theme park. He decided that he would build a purpose built theme park in a disused quarry. The park now has 25 elements including rides, playgrounds and colourful attractions. This year a water park has also been opened which enables people in wheelchairs to play in the water activities. Anyone with a special need is admitted free. The majority of people attending the park do not have special needs and the owners are hoping that with this type of interaction it is bringing more understanding and is a shrine of inclusion.
What a really great idea and one that has spread lots of happiness to thousands. Morgan’s Wonderland say their Mission is to provide a safe, clean and beautiful environment free of physical and economic barriers that all individuals – regardless of age, special need or disability – can come to and enjoy. Such a refreshing way of looking at things.
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