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SeaWorld Orlando Is Officially Autism Certified

SeaWorld Orlando is the latest amusement park to receive this rare stamp of approval.

In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, the Florida-based theme park announced that it has been designated as an official autism center by The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

“We are incredibly proud to be the first family of Orlando theme parks to achieve these certifications,” said Mark Pauls, the park president of SeaWorld Orlando. “We want to create lasting memories for all our guests. As families start planning their summer travel, the resources and tools that our parks now offer can provide peace of mind for families with members that have autism and other special needs.  Our parks and staff are now equipped to offer families inclusive activities, helping to ensure meaningful experiences for everyone.” 

So, what does “autism certified” mean? Basically, at least 80 percent of the park staff will receive specialized training in order to meet the needs of all children, especially those with special needs. Sensory guides will also be available around the park, in addition to quiet rooms and low-sensory areas, so kids (and parents) can take a break if necessary.

The news comes just one year after SeaWorld Orlando’s sister park, Sesame Place, became the first accredited theme park. SeaWorld Orlando is joining previously certified destinations Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove, making it the first family of parks to be recognized by the autism board.

Bravo, SeaWorld. Bravo.

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