Special needs kids deserve even more

By | Published Sunday, June 20, 2010

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I want to thank Andrea Duwe for continued dedication to our kids with special needs. It takes somebody very special and committed to put together an event like Sonflower Camp every year.

My son, J.J., had been going every year since he was 2 until last year when we moved to San Antonio for better therapy. While there, we heard of Morgan’s Wonderland – a 25-acre oasis and the first ultra-accessible family fun park ever built. It was built through donations. We went there for the opening. When I walked through the doors and saw what a community had come together to build and donate, I was amazed and couldn’t understand why when someone builds a park, they don’t consider our kids. They put one swing, ramps and a handicapped parking space and the park is considered “accessible.”

This man went above and beyond to meet the needs of every child and adult that had a disability. My son sat outside and watched the others play when he went to school at Carson Elementary in Decatur. These kids don’t have a baseball field to play on that’s accessible, but yet they can buy all new laptops for the schools.

When is someone going to wake up and see how many kids we have with special needs in Wise County and help build them a field or help build a park that is really accessible to take them to? If one man on a mission can build a 25-acre park with a train, carousel and swings, don’t tell me it can’t be done anywhere else.

As for the moms and dads with kids with special needs, Morgan’s Wonderland is a must-see place if you are in San Antonio this summer. You can go to morganswonderland.com and see the video. J.J. will celebrate his 12th birthday there this month.

To Andrea Duwe, keep up the great work. It’s people like you that make a difference in the lives of our kids.

Sandie Benavidez

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