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Meeting Special Needs

With one full summer season under its belt, the City of Cleburne hopes to provide more programming as it enters its first winter season into its second summer.

Among the swim and scuba lesson programming, the city hopes to fill the needs of residents with special needs. Both the leisure and competition pools are fully accessible, including hydraulic lifts for assistance.

"We can now reach more people with special needs, and ensure that we can truly address their needs. We've found that it's best to go through the experts to know exactly what they need to facilitate the best environment for them," says Brandi Duncan, Cleburne's Aquatics Manager.

"We are a city-run facility; it's about community, so that's something we really try to do -- partner with local groups and agencies. For instance, we came up with a special rate for Johnson County Mental Health Mental Retardation to purchase family passes for them.

Counselors can bring the families here so they can have fun and build social skills in a safe environment."

Duncan says they're actively working on special-needs programming by partnering with various local agencies and organizations, such as the MS Society and the local hospital.