by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Welcome back to my blog Femm heads. I want to share with you guys a really cool water park in San Antonio Texas. The park is called, Morgan’s Wonderland, and it’s a nonprofit special needs water park/theme park. It has a water park area, certain themed areas, and attractions for handicap and disabled people. It has a wheelchair access parking lot, entrance, bathroom, and even rides and places in the water park.
There’s a restaurant on the property as well. This park was built by the former home builder, Gordon Hartman, in the spring of 2010. It was his daughter, Morgan, who inspired him to build the park. In an interview, the general manager, Jessica Lizardo, explains how this park helps special needs individuals feel like a part of the community. The park allows them to do things they normally couldn’t do at other parks making them “feel typical again”. Lizardo even hopes that one day there will be more parks like this because “it’s a place of acceptance and inclusion.”
It’s true that some parks do have access passes and areas for disabled peoples, but nothing compared to this. I believe theme parks should also have more quiet rooms in their parks for people who suffer from sensory overload. People who are autistic, have Asperger’s, anxiety, or another mental illness where they experience sensory overload need a quiet place to go to overcome the epidemic. These rooms should have little to no noise, a lot of places to sit or lie down comfortably, and soft colors like blues, greens, purples, browns, and blacks should be used. There should be dimmer lights in the room and non-sensory toys like the Hoberman sphere and others. That’s all for this blog post. ‘til next time. I’ll leave a link to the video interview as well. www.facebook.com/60SecDocs/videos/1842911516021671