That is just perfect timing. The summer is here now and in San Antonio, Texas they have opened a new water park called Morgan’s Inspiration Island. What so special about this? It’s the world’s first water park for disabled kids of all ages.
Water parks in general are very inaccessible for the disabled, but Morgan’s Inspiration Island is aiming to change that. All children deserve to have a fun summer and to enjoy their time, but not everyone can. Water parks can be difficult to navigate for those in wheelchairs, and the ride and attractions may not be accessible at all.
“Our goal is to provide a great guest experience in an inclusive, safe, comfortable, not-overly-crowded environment,” says park founder Gordon Hartman. He has worked with doctors, parents, teachers, special needs therapists, and caregivers in order to create an extension to Morgan’s Wonderland that caters to people with all varieties of disability.
The venue provides PneuChairs, air-powered, waterproof wheelchairs that families can rent for free. From the safety side, you can get traceable bracelets that allow parent to locate their children easily. The waterproof wristbands with RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology that enables parents to go to a Location Station and pinpoint where their children or other members of their party are. The park is fully wheelchair-accessible and children with “special needs” can enter the park for free. As additional, the venue was designed so that when ever needed they can quickly change the heat of the water in order to accommodate guests who are sensitive to the cold!
“Morgan’s Inspiration Island promises to give individuals with physical or cognitive special needs a place where they can splash and play without barriers,” Gordon said. “It is not a special-needs park; it’s a park of inclusion.”
The park is accessible in multiple ways. Guests who get overwhelmed by noise can retreat to private, quiet areas (although attendance is capped so that it’s generally a calmer experience than other theme parks). There are signs in Braille and a service-animal rest area. The giant bucket of water that fills then tips over onto guests at Shipwreck Island has a visual cue for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing. The park provides waterproof bags to prevent ventilators and O2 tanks from getting wet, as well as water-collar covers for guests who need to cover tracheas.
Finally the world is getting better and more and more accessible for children that deserve to be kids and also enjoy their summer.
More info at Morgans’s Wonderland
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