In the midst of bad news, good news stories still bubble to the surface. Twice a month we will keep sharing good news and, of course, heartwarming and humorous animal videos. We still want to post some of our readers’ “Good News” and hope people will submit their own good news so we can share them too. Please use the form at the bottom to do so!
“Until you have a kid with special needs you have no idea of the depth of your strength, tenacity, and resourcefulness.” —Anonymous
Gordon Hartman watched as his 12-year-old special needs daughter, Morgan, was shunned by the other kids at a hotel swimming pool. He decided he needed to find a way to change that – and he did it in a big way.
Gordon and his wife, Maggie, realized that there were no water, theme or amusement parks for his daughter and others with special needs. He brought together doctors, therapists, and people with disabilities to develop an ultra-inclusive theme park.
It is an amusement park with a purpose, bringing together both those with special needs and those without. The rides, water features and activities are designed for all kids to enjoy – and for all kids to feel welcomed and gain an understanding of kids with disabilities.
The wheelchairs operate on compressed air so they can go into the water. In some areas, the water is warmer than usual to help those with muscle issues.
Kids can go on adapted rides such as swings, a Ferris wheel, boats, and even up and down on a merry-go-round at Morgan’s Wonderland, in San Antonio, Texas. You can visit the park’s website here.
“If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?” —Dave Barry
Suddenly the humpback whale surfaced and spit him out! He had bruising, no broken bones – and a story to pass down through the generations. Remember Jonah and the whale?
“My office is at Yankee stadium. Yes, dreams do come true.” —Derek Jeter
Not only is this story fascinating to watch, but it is good news for all the folks going back to the stadiums to watch sports again!
“When animals express their feelings they pour out like water from a spout.” —Marc Bekoff
These two are the best of playmates…
Hear a “Good News” story? Have one of your own? Please use the form below to tell us about it. Include a website or link to a video. Thanks!
Read the last installment of Good News here.