Theme parks have been growing more and more inclusive. Sesame Place in Pennsylvania became the first theme park in the world designated as a Certified Autism Center in 2018, and now waterparks are following suit.
Aquatica Orlando in Florida is now the world’s first autism-certified waterpark. The autism certification was awarded after a collaboration with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards to have all staff properly trained in autism sensitivity, awareness, communication, and motor skills.
The park provides a Sensory Guide for families to be able to plan their trip to the waterpark, so that there’s no bad surprises during their stay. Within the park, there’s also a Quiet Room for children who need a break from sensory stimulation, and Low Sensory Areas, which offer adjustable lighting and comfortable seating areas.
The park’s ultimate goal, according to the website, is to “provide every family with an enjoyable and memorable visit to Aquatica Orlando, and we are proud to offer specialized services to guests with autism and other special needs.”
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