The World's First Accessible Water Park For People Who Are Differently-Abled Is Here

Morgan's Inspiration Island is fun for all.

Summer is the season families often go to water parks, but for people who are differently-abled, this presents a challenge as most attractions are not accessible. 

To ensure the entire family can have fun, Gordon Hartman has created the world's first inclusive water park for differently-abled people. It's called Morgan's Inspiration Island.

The new water park is based in San Antonio, TX, right next to Morgan's Wonderland. When it opens on June 17, it will present a facility that those of all abilities can use. 

Hartman was inspired to create the park by his 23-year-old daughter, and worked with doctors, parents, special needs therapists, teachers, and caregivers to make everything as accessible as possible. The resulting park caters to those of all abilities and has such features as PneuChairs, air-powered, waterproof wheelchairs that families can rent free of charge, and bracelets that allow parents to easily locate their kids if they become separated or get lost. And every attraction is wheelchair accessible.

What makes the park even better is that "special needs children" get in free.

"Morgan's Wonderland was built on the promise of providing free admission to anyone with a special need," it says on the website, "We try to be as open-minded as possible when a guest claims to have such a need." Based on this, the park provides free admission to those with "serious, long-term physical and cognitive disabilities," such as blindness, autism, Down syndrome, seizure disorders, Tourette syndrome, and more. It also offers discounts to military kids.

Hartman said in a press release, "Our goal is to provide a great guest experience in an inclusive, safe, comfortable, not-overly-crowded environment."

Hartman elaborated that he hopes the park will be seen as a place for everyone. He wrote, "Like Morgan's Wonderland, Morgan's Inspiration Island is not a special-needs park; it's a park of inclusion."

(H/T: Popsugar)


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