Amusement and water parks are a constant reminder of the priceless childhood memories. The splashing around in the water, the adventure slides, the thrill of sliding from the drop slides and the fun of cooling off in the summer heat and the most important feeling of never wanting to go back home. But do you ever wonder how kids with special needs must feel when they would watch others having fun, which they are also worthy of but have no access to? So fathoming this void, an entertainment park in Texas has opened, where the physically incapable can also join the fun.
Water parks are notoriously inaccessible for the disabled, but Morgan’s Inspiration Island aims to change all that because it’s the world’s first water park designed specifically for people with disabilities.
The park was designed by Gordon Hartman and his 23-year-old daughter, Morgan, who lives with a disability and is the namesake of the Morgan locations. “Our goal is to provide a great guest experience in an inclusive, safe, comfortable, not-overly-crowded environment,” says park founder Gordon, who 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 offers traceable bracelets that allow parents to locate their children, and it also provides PneuChairs, the air-powered and waterproof wheelchairs that families can rent for free.
The revolutionary wheelchair was developed with help from the University of Pittsburgh. It runs on compressed air instead of batteries, which makes it low cost and waterproof. The chairs are incredibly efficient, weighing about 80 pounds instead of hundreds of pounds like battery-operated chairs. And it takes just 10 minutes to recharge with air, compared to the eight hours it takes to charge an electric wheelchair, and they run just as long.
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