The best way to start the week: spreading a little kindness.
When Oregon resident Jacob Fry lost his driver’s license, he was a little surprised to find it in his mailbox after he figured it was gone forever. And now thanks to a small act of kindness from Steven Cruthirds, an 11-year-old boy with autism, Fry has a new friend.
Summer brings to mind day dreams of sitting by the beach, coconut drink in hand, and the sun setting in front of you. But like any parent with children can imagine, this sadly remains a day dream most of the time. The kids are finally out of school, and when it comes time to take a vacation you know you’ll need to find the right spot. When it comes to accommodating the needs of your children if they have special needs, it’s even more important to make sure the vacation spot is able to make sure a vacation actually feels like a vacation.
If summer has become a boring repeat of hitting the same spots, it might be time to try out a new place.
Feeling bold and brave? If you haven’t visited Morgan’s Wonderland since it’s opening in 2010 in San Antonio, Texas, now is your chance. A park that was conceptualized as a special place for children and adults with cognitive and physical challenges, Morgan’s Wonderland strives to live up to the people it was inspired by. This place is one of the world’s first ultra-accessible theme parks, and has involved since into a 25-acre park that includes a friendly environment for people with special needs, their families, friends and caregivers. Gordon Hartman, inspired by his daughter Morgan, sought to create an environment that was both safe and relaxing. He wanted to create opportunities for his daughter and other children with special needs could connect. While most theme parks make it easy for children to interact and have fun-few are easily accessible if a child has special needs. So what exactly makes it different from the typical trip to Disneyland or Disney World?
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Couple builds house designed around children’s special needs – Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Pulse.
The Cibula family has spent ten years worth of planning and building in order to create a new home designed to make the lives of their children easier. Their two sons, Joshua and David, will now be able to grow up in a home that helps give them some sense of independence. Their eldest, Joshua, was born with cerebral palsy, as well as intellectual disabilities and other physical issues that limited his mobility. Following the birth of their second son, David, who was also born disabled, the couple realized they needed a new home. A special kind of home.
What Jennifer and Andy Cibula didn’t want was the kind of home that looked like they were raising their children in an institution. Finally, after going through many architects who couldn’t quite grasp their dream, the couple ofund Bob Wilkoff of Archaeon Architects. Together they created a one of a kind home that will adapt to the children’s needs as they grow older.