“As a parent of a kid with special needs, I cannot thank you enough for a night where we feel like we belong.”
Taken from a survey about the Aquarium’s recent DreamNight event, those words sum up the feelings of many parents who attend the event with children. Twice each year, the Aquarium opens its door to children and adults with disabilities or special health care needs for DreamNight—a chance to relax and explore our exhibits at their own pace and in their own way while enjoying an assortment of talks, activities and demonstrations. Admission is complimentary.
The comment we hear most frequently from DreamNight attendees? “Please do more of these.”
The passage of Prop 1, Access for All, could allow the Aquarium to do just that—expand our DreamNight programming so even more people can learn about our amazing one world ocean and all the fascinating animals that depend on its health to survive.
And that’s just one of the ways that Access for All could make a difference at the Seattle Aquarium. Currently, about 40,000 schoolchildren visit the Aquarium on field trips each year. The passage of Prop 1 could allow us to increase school participation by 10–15 percent, so even more kids could benefit from our conservation programming—via field trips as well as outreach, an area where we can’t currently keep up with demand.
In a statement supporting Prop 1, Aquarium President & CEO Robert W. Davidson wrote, “The Seattle Aquarium is the largest platform for marine conservation education in the state of Washington. We currently reach almost one million people each year—including over 60,000 students and others from underserved communities who we welcome free or at reduced rates. But even with this strong impact, there are large numbers of King County residents, especially families with young children, who we are unable to reach because neither our resources nor theirs are sufficient. Access for All will help us to much more fully bring our mission to citizens of all ages and geographic locations in King County.”
Increase access to the Seattle Aquarium and other important arts, science and heritage institutions—vote to approve King County Prop 1 on your August 1 ballot! Visit our website, or the Access for All website, for more information.