BAR HARBOR – A sunny summer day in Bar Harbor is the perfect place to ride some waves.
With sights of Maine’s rocky coast, a lighthouse, and even seals, people from Downeast Horizons went on an adventure on a Bar Harbor Nature Cruise.
“This is my second whale watching adventure and it’s just amazing,” said Robin Meservey, a participant of Downeast Horizons.
Thanks to Downeast Horizons over 100 people including those with developmental disabilities got to aboard the Acadia Explorer and set sail.
There was a time not so long ago when people with developmental disabilities were excluded from society. The executive director said Downeast Horizons’ goal is to make them part of it.
“We’re going to put them in a crowd where they’re a little uncomfortable but they’re in an area where they’re protected,” said Anthony Zambrano, Executive Director of Downeast Horizons. “They can get used to it so when they’re in the world without us that maybe the crowds aren’t so bad.”
He said they try to find ways to make it fun.
“When you’re learning something, you want to learn it in a way you don’t realize you’re learning something when it’s fun,” said Zambrano.
Families were welcome aboard as well. One father said it was a great day to spend time with his daughter, and, he added, she’s come along way with events like this one.
“It’s brought a lot of personality in her and she’s really quite happy as we are too,” Chris Oullette said.
Not only was this cruise a fun learning environment, Zambrano said, “It’s a memory that will last them a lifetime.”