The first theme park to get a Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation is Sesame Place, according to an article on NBC Philadelphia. The park is located about 30 minutes north of Philadelphia. The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, which provides autism training and certifications, awarded the certification.
The certification requires park employees to undergo autism sensitivity and awareness training every two years. The training provides approaches for the employees to use when interacting with people with autism and their families.
In addition to the training for all Sesame Place employees, the park also installed two quiet rooms and developed a sensory guide to help visitors better understand the experiences and select activities to fit their needs. It also provides noise-cancelling headphones and a ride accessibility program that includes priority boarding for some guests.
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