April 2nd, 2019
I scheduled this post and didn’t realise that today is “World Autism Day”. Now that was synchronicity in my books 😉
So if you don’t know what “World Autism Day” and “Autism Awareness Week” and “Autism” is, have a look here:
National Autistic Society: Autism Awareness Week 1-7 April 2019
The Independent: World Autism Awareness Week: What is autism spectrum …
ABC7: Autism Awareness Day 2019: What to know about the Light it Up Blue campaign
Autism Speaks: World Autism Awareness Day
March 30th, 2019
I did not sleep much on Friday night and got up early on Saturday morning because we went to the beach before the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world went to work. So I did not really pay much attention to what the BBC reported on. But the BBC Travel Show got my full attention when they introduced us to Alex and Will Ellis from Birmingham Alabama. Well, in fact, they introduced us more to their parents Amber and Frank who for the first time in years decided to go on holiday. The reason they haven’t been out and about much is that Alex and Will live with autism and are often overwhelmed by being in public places.
However, their parents heard from Morgans Wonderland in Texas and so the Travel Show showed us how they took the trip to San Antonio by plane visited this brilliant ultra-accessible theme park and found another one too. This story was heartwarming and it was so lovely to see these two little boys, their two older brothers and their parents have real fun. It brought tears to my eyes and still does.
Morgans Wonderland is a heartwarming story in itself: Morgan is the daughter of Gordon and Maggie Hartman. Morgan who is on the autism spectrum tried to play with other children on a family holiday who left her standing alone because they did not know how to interact with her. This broke her father’s heart and he tried to find a place where Morgan could play without being left out. He found though, such a place does not exist. This led to him selling his construction business and creating a theme park where all people those living with special needs and those without could play together.
The Ellis family and especially the little boys looked so happy in Morgan’s Wonderland that I knew I had to share this story with you. Find out more about the Ellis Family in this BBC article. And find out more about Morgan’s Wonderland in this People.com post.