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Old 06-17-2017, 08:33 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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every community should have something similar.

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Old 06-17-2017, 09:00 PM
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It's not just a water park. It's a whole amusement park for everyone. I have been there with my autistic grandson and my family. It's in San Antonio. It's called Morgan's Wonderland and was inspired by one dad's special child.

Things to love about this park:

1. They limit the numbers of people who can come on any given day since many of the kids have problems with crowds. Everyone is welcome, but special needs people are particularly cared for.

2. They give you a gps bracelet when you come in so if anyone in your party gets lost you can go to a station in the park and check their location.

3. Every ride is wheelchair accessible including the train and the swings. They invite disabled vets to come and play with their children and grandchildren.

4. They hire people with disabilities to work in the park in many different capacities.

5. Every ride and exhibit is brailled and there are plenty of rides to choose from.

Rides and Attractions

6. It is not expensive the way most amusement parks are. It's free for the special needs person and

Single Day Admission

7. They have quite a few special events.

8. The water park part of the park is just the most recent attraction. This is an expansion of the original park.

We have not been there in a while, but the new splash pad is quite attractive as an idea for when we visit our San Antonio relatives next time.
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:31 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Thank you nana053 for giving us more information. It sounds like a wonderful place.
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Old 06-18-2017, 07:52 AM
Location: Tampa, FL
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What a wonderful park. Thank you so much for sharing. It's so great to see playgrounds, summer camps, and now water parks for children with disabilities in mind.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:06 AM
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Camp Jellystone near Mammoth Cave National Park has hosted the Reece's Rainbow Family Reunion at least twice - RR is a special needs international adoption ministry (focusing on but not limited to kids with Down syndrome), and the "family reunions" are annual week-long get-togethers for adoptive families who've found their kids through RR.

Although Camp Jellystone is not specifically designed for people with special needs, it works extremely well for this purpose, and the camp workers and management go out of their way to be welcoming and accommodating..

As a long-time supporter of RR, I dropped into last year's reunion for an afternoon, and discovered hundreds of kids and their families having a fantastic time bouncing away on a gigantic bounce pad, splashing in a cave-themed water play area, and of course swimming in both pools, playing at the playground, working on arts and crafts in an open-air pavilion, and generally having a blast.

On the bounce pad alone were kids with Down syndrome, arthrogryposis, blindness, deafness, dwarfism, cerebral palsy, and various other special needs, along with their typical siblings, a few parents, and friends.

All kinds of kids, bouncing away, giggling, and having an absolute blast...just being kids, with their special needs being very secondary to their sheer physical joy.
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