AQUATICA® ORLANDO BECOMES THE FIRST WATER PARK IN THE WORLD TO BE A CERTIFIED AUTISM CENTER Today, Aquatica Orlando in conjunction with the Internat
AQUATICA® ORLANDO BECOMES THE FIRST WATER PARK IN THE WORLD TO BE A CERTIFIED AUTISM CENTER
Today, Aquatica Orlando in conjunction with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), has announced the completion of a staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training as well as an onsite review of the park property and guest experience.
Sea World Entertainment is working closely with IBCCES to the staff at Aquatica properly and will be continually trained to assist guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) along with their families, to provide a positive experience during their visit. Guests will also be provided with specific information about attractions and experiences along with in-park accommodations to help them plan their day and make informed choices best suited to their individual needs.
After implementing this training Aquatica Orlando is now certified as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) distinguished by the IBCCES — Historically this is the first water park in the world to receive such a distinction. Last year in April Sesame Place (Aquatica’s Sister Park), became the world’s first certified autism center theme park.
IBCCES & Sea World Entertainment recognized that many families with children who have special needs have extremely limited travel options, and in response, are working hand in hand to create the training and certification programs in the areas of sensory awareness, environment, communication, motor & social skills, program development, and emotional awareness as well as a comprehensive autism competency exam. The autism training must be taken every two years in order to maintain the certification.
The parks are also adding quiet rooms inside the park with adjustable lighting and a comfortable seating area for guests to take a break from all the activities.
This is a great move on Sea World’s end, and it will be awesome for children with special needs to enjoy the park and have a great time!
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