It has been exactly a week since the Supreme Court made the massive decision to overthrow Roe. We don’t know how many of the more than 63 million babies born since Roe v. Wade were killed in 1973 had special needs.
Any parent who has chosen to choose a child with special needs over a “good” child will tell you that what makes these children so special is that they transform their families and the world around them and to complete.
That’s how it was with Morgan Hartman. She persuaded her father, Gordon, to sell his successful real estate development business and build a game world where she would feel welcome and safe.
This week’s Really Feel Good Friday story is about them.
Morgan’s Wonderland opened in 2010. It was the first theme park ever designed for children with special needs. The park is fully wheelchair accessible and has over 25 rides, playgrounds, and interesting attractions that keep these kids happy and help them connect with their families and make new friends.
Anyone with a specific need can get in for free and will not be asked any questions.
Hartman’s Gordon Hartman Household base opened a new park called Morgan’s Inspiration Island in 2017. It is a water park built with special needs and mobility in mind.
Hartman’s daughter, now 28, continues to be a source of inspiration to him as he works to make the world a happier place for people with special needs. Hartman told the San Antonio Journal in a 2019 interview about his plans to open Morgan’s Wonderland Camp, which will be a very accessible camp with a challenge course, cabins and other things made for people with and without disabilities. Morgan’s Wonderland Sports, a sports center for adults and children with special needs, was also built. Hartman also wanted his help for people with special needs to go beyond the entertainment realm and into the real world. Hartman wants to build a Multi-Help Center (MAC), a place where families with children with special needs can get help and services to help them access medical and other services.
The foundation goes even further by supporting programs, projects and non-profit organizations in the greater San Antonio area that work directly with people with special needs. Through grants, sponsorships, events, and other resources, the foundation has served more than 600 nonprofit organizations.
Hartman had this to say about people who still find it important to kill special needs babies to save them and their parents from pain, anger and stress:
Morgan was the spark that inspired Gordon Hartman to create a place where she belonged. Now other special needs children and their families have a place where they belong and are welcome too.