Hope Therapy at Moody Gardens® was inspired by the son of Foundation Trustee Robert L. Moody, who sustained a head injury in an automobile accident and who subsequently discovered the healing benefits of therapy utilizing animals and nature. Opening in January 1986, Hope Therapy became the cornerstone of Moody Gardens®, an internationally recognized program that offered rehabilitative horseback-riding (Hippotherapy) to mentally and to physically disabled individuals.
Today's Hope Therapy offers Horticultural Therapy, through which individuals with disabilities can improve sensory awareness and motor abilities, regain confidence, and learn new skills to prepare for employment opportunities. The massive greenhouse and Rainforest Pyramid® at Moody Gardens® are tended in large part by these special clients.
Vocational Training, or Supported Employment also is an important part of the program. This provides the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to develop the necessary skills to gain and maintain a job. Moody Gardens® employs many of these individuals on a full and part-time basis. Job coaching is provided, as needed.
Adaptive Water Sports Festival with a new Paralympic Experience
Date: September 14, 2013
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Admission: All activities, weather permitting, will be offered free of charge to the individual with special needs and immediate family members on a first come, first serve basis. Pre-registration is required. Additional guests can participate by purchasing a regular admission to Palm Beach. The event welcomes individuals with special needs to participate in aquatic sports, such as water skiing, sailing and kayaking, with special equipment and instructors. Due to limited time, family members of participants will not be allowed to partake in water skiing offered through the event but can enjoy Palm Beach. The event schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions
Art in the Gardens (for school groups only)
VSA Texas and Moody Gardens are hosting our Second Annual hands-on arts festival for kids with special needs of all ages. More information to come.
Annual Mardi Gras Ball for Special People
Save the Date: Feb. 23, 2014
Each year Moody Gardens® hosts the Mardi Gras Ball for Special People, which provides the opportunity for people with disabilities to safely enjoy the spirit and fun of Mardi Gras. FREE admission for people with special needs, their immediate family and/or caregivers with RSVP. Enjoy food, refreshments, live music, beads, costume and dance contests, pictures, face painting arts & crafts and more.
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